Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs
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.
- “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) – revise and resubmit from American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
- “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.
- “Trade Shocks and Structural Change: Evidence from China” (with Jessica Leight)
- “Behavioral Consequences of Long-term Unemployment and its Impact on Investments in Children’s Wellbeing” (with William Dickens)
- “Prudential Capital Account Regulations: Theory, Evidence, and the Policy Debate” (with Anton Korinek and José Antonio Ocampo)
- “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)
- “Costs and Benefits of Compulsory Schooling: High School Attendance and Adolescent Labor in Turkey” (with Pinar Keskin)
- “How Important Are the Global Food Shocks?” (with Kerem Tuzcuoglu) – submitted.
- “How Does Trade Liberalization Affect Racial and Gender Inequality in Employment? Evidence from Post-Apartheid South Africa” (with Fiona Tregenna)
- “Empirical Evidence on the Theory of Pseudo Wealth” (with Martin Guzman, Chandler Lutz, and Joseph E. Stiglitz)
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, OVERVIEW ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
- “Building a Stable and Equitable Global Monetary System,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), in José Antonio Alonso, Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Robert Vos (eds.), Alternative Development Strategies for the post-2015 Era, Bloomsbury, 2014. Earlier version: DESA Working Paper No 118.
- “Latin America’s Lessons from Capital Account Liberalization,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), in Kevin P. Gallagher, José Antonio Ocampo, Ming Zhang, Yu Yongding (eds.), Capital Account Liberalization in China: The Need for a Balanced Approach, Boston University: Pardee Center Task Force Report, 2014.
- “Capital Account Regulations: Role, Effectiveness and IMF’s Institutional View,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), in Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira, Jan Kregel, Leonardo Burlamaqui (eds.), Financial Stability and Growth: Perspectives on Financial Regulation and New Developmentalism, Routledge: New York, 2014.
- “Overcoming the Technical and Political Difficulties of Using SDRs for Development Purposes,” UN- DESA Working Paper No 126, 2012.
- “Industrial Upgrading and Export Diversification: A Comparative Analysis of Economic Policies in Turkey and Malaysia,” June 2010, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) Working Paper No. 266.
- “Delinking through Integration: A Dependency Analysis of Regional Financial Integration,” (with Luis D. Rosero), Critical Sociology, March 2010, 36 (2): 221-242.
BOOK REVIEWS, COMMENTS AND SHORTER PIECES
- Work on ‘Commodity Super Cycles’ featured in the Bloomberg View and NPR’s Marketplace, Aug 2015.
- “Looking ahead: The global economy in 2015,” Northeastern University Newsletter, Jan 13, 2015.
- “Turkey’s Hot-Money Problem,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), Project Syndicate, Apr 4, 2014.
- “The Global Implications of Falling Commodity Prices,” (with José Antonio Ocampo), Project Syndicate, Aug 27, 2013.
- “A Review of Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century, Giovanni Arrighi (2008),” Review of Radical Political Economics, Mar 2011, 43 (1): 109-112.
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