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Firat Bilgel


Associate Professor of Economics at Istanbul Okan University

Dr. Bilgel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Istanbul Okan University, Turkey. He holds a B.A. degree in Business-Economics from Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey and a M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and a Ph.D. degree in Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Dr. Bilgel’s areas of interest include health economics, political economy, empirical legal studies and causal inference. Dr. Bilgel spent the 2017-18 academic year as a Visiting Research Scholar at Montana State University, with the Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis where he worked on organ donation and gun control.

Working Papers

State-Business Relations and Financial Accessibility: Explaining Firm Performance in the MENA Region

This study investigates the triangular relationship among state-business relations, financial access and economic performance using ... read more

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Economic Geography, Growth Dynamics and Human Capital Accumulation in Turkey: Evidence from Regional and Micro Data

This study explores the endogenous relationship among market access, wages and human capital accumulation in ... read more

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Access to Healthcare, Utilization and Health Outcomes in Turkey

This paper examines the link between healthcare access/utilization and health outcomes in Turkey within a ... read more

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Self-Rated Health and Primary Care Utilization: Is Selection into Healthcare Endogenously Determined?

This study assesses the causal effects of primary care utilization on subjective health status in ... read more


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