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

Analyzing Wage Differentials by Fields of Study: Evidence From Turkey

This paper analyzes the drivers of wage differences among college graduates who hold a degree ... read more

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Political Business Cycles, Institutional Structure and Budget Deficits in Turkey?

This study tests the existence of political business cycles and effects of various instituitonal factors ... read more

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Provincisl Inequalities in School Environments in Turkey

The main objective of this paper is to provide evidence on the extent of the ... read more

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Economic Development and Female Labor Force Participation in Turkey: Time-Series Evidence and Cross-Province Estimates

Recently, several researchers hypothesized that the female labor force participation rate exhibits a U-shape during ... read more

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Public Employment as A Social Protection Mechanism

This paper provides information about public sector employment and wages in Turkey over the recent ... read more


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