Aysit Tansel - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Aysit Tansel

Research Fellows

Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Current Fields of Study:

Empirical modeling of economic growth, inequality in education and wages by gender, returns to education and educational attainments by gender, savings, cigarette consumption, alcohol consumption, traffic accidents, privatization, female labor force participation, job satisfaction, unemployment duration, private tutoring, brain drain, internal migration, economic performance and elections, adult health issues, causal effects of education on wages and health.

Areas of Interest:

  • Labor and Human Development
  • Economic Growth


  • Ph. D., Economics, State University of New York, 1979
  • M.A., Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1972


  • Professor, Middle East Technical University, Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1994 – present
  • Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1986-1994
  • Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University Applied Econometrics, Econometrics, Economics. Graduate and Undergraduate, 1983-1985

Latest Publications:

  • “Voter Reaction to Government Incompetence and Corruption Related to the 1999 Earthquakes in Turkey,” (joint with A. T. Akarca) Journal of Economic Studies, 2016, Forthcoming.
  • “Unemployment and Labor Force Participation in Turkey,” (joint with Z. A. Özdemir and E. Aksoy) Applied Econmics Letters, August 2015, 23 (3): 184-187. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1064071. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2015.1064071
  • “Resources on the Stage: A Firm Level Analysis of ICT Adoption in Turkey,” (joint with D. Fındık) in Comparative Economics and Regional Development in Turkey, B. Christiansen and M. Erdoğdu (editors). Chapter 6. August 2015. IGI Global Publishers, Hershey, Pennsylvania.


Working Papers

The Causal Effect of Education on Health Behaviors: Evidence From Turkey

This study provides causal effect of education on health behaviors in Turkey which is a ... read more

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Economic Performance and Unemployment: Evidence From an Emerging Economy-Turkey

This article examines whether various macroeconomic policy shocks have different effects on the overall unemployment ... read more

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Southwest as the New Internal Migration Destination in Turkey

Antalya and Muğla provinces located in southwestern Turkey have emerged as new magnets for internal ... read more

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Private Supplementary Tutoring in Turkey Recent Evidence on Its Various Aspects

Abstract This paper first describes the educational system in Turkey and the two national examinations for advancing ... read more

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Macroeconomic Policy and Unemployment by Economic Activity: Evidence from Turkey

Abstract This paper investigates how macroeconomic policy shocks in Turkey affect the total unemployment and provides evidence ... read more


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