Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Ph.D., 2010, Economics
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
312A Lake Hall,
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
- ECON 7250 International Economic Development
Resume / CV
Bilge Erten received her PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. She was a postdoctoral research scholar of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University from 2012 to 2014, and is currently an NBER DITE fellow. She is a member of the Gender and Development Initiative at Northeastern University. Her primary research interests are in economic inequality, economic development, and international economics, with a particular focus on empirical research.
One stream of her current work focuses on the effects of increased education and female empowerment on economic outcomes. In particular, she has studied whether economic empowerment of women through an increase in female schooling had an impact on domestic violence in the context of Turkey. Related research examined the heterogeneous effects of compulsory schooling laws on adolescent employment by regional poverty levels and gender role attitudes.
A second stream of her research focuses on the impact of international trade on economic inequality and structural change. In particular, her research examines the effects of tariff cuts on racial and gender inequality in South Africa, and the effects on China’s accession to WTO on its process of industrialization. Related research focuses on documenting the evolution of medium-term cycles in commodity prices and analyzing the effects of global food shocks on domestic output of developing countries.
A third stream of her research focuses on the relationship between financial institutions and economic development. In particular, her research examines the effects of countercyclical use of capital account regulations in developing countries, the use of global sources of development finance for gender-equality interventions, and the effects of pseudo-wealth on consumption dynamics.
Published Economics Papers
- “Super Cycles of Commodity Prices since the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), 2013, World Development 44, 14–30:
- “Macroeconomic Transmission of Eurozone Shocks to Emerging Economies,” 2012, International Economics 131, 43-70.
- “North-South Terms of Trade Trends from 1960 to 2006,” International Review of Applied Economics, March 2011, 25 (2): 171–184.
- “For Better or for Worse?: Education and the Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Turkey” (with Pinar Keskin) –American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming.
- “Macroeconomic Effects of Capital Account Regulations” (with José Antonio Ocampo) IMF Economic Review, forthcoming.
- “Proposal for a Global Fund for Women through Innovative Finance” (with Nilufer Cagatay) Feminist Economics, forthcoming.
- “Exporting to Wealth: the Impact of WTO Accession on Structural Transformation and Growth in China,” with Jessica Leight.
- “Compulsory Schooling for Whom? The Role of Education, Poverty, and Religiosity”, with Pinar Keskin.
- “Prudential Capital Controls: Theory and Evidence,” with Anton Korinek and José Antonio Ocampo. – revise and resubmit for the paper proposal in Journal of Economic Literature.
- “How Important Are the Global Food Shocks?,” with Kerem Tuzcuoglu.
- “Empirical Evidence for the Theory of Pseudo Wealth,” with Martin Guzman, Chandler Lutz, and Joseph E. Stiglitz.
- “How Does Trade Liberalization Affect Racial and Gender Inequality in Employment? Evidence from Post-Apartheid South Africa,” with Fiona Tregenna.
- “The Real Exchange Rate and Female Labor Force Participation” with Martina Metzger.
- “Female Labor Force Participation and Conservative Voting Behavor: Evidence from Turkey” with Ipek Ilkkaracan.
Awards and Honors
- Tier 1 Grant (“Democracy, Development, and Women’s Empowerment” with Val Moghadam and Catalina Herrera Almanza), Northeastern University, 2015 – 2016
- Humanities Center Grant (with Val Moghadam, Bill Dickens, and Catalina Herrera Almanza), Northeastern University, 2015 – 2016
- Research Development Initiative Award, Northeastern University, 2014 – 2015
- Mutual Mentoring Advancement Program (with Catalina Herrera Almanza), Northeastern University, 2014 – 2015
- National Science Foundation DITE Fellowship, 2013 – 2016
- Columbia University, Committee on Global Thought Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012 – 2014
- Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), Young Scholar, 2012
- African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) Fellow, 2010
- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) Dissertation Research Grant, 2010
- Graduate School Teaching Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004 – 2009
- American Economic Association
- Eastern Economic Association
- International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics, and International Economics
- Initiative for Policy Dialogue
- International Association for Feminist Economics