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Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

Erdal Tekin is an economist with primary research interests in the fields of health economics and economics of crime. Within these fields, the main theme of his research is the economic analysis of risky behaviors and the consequences of prenatal and postnatal conditions and risk factors on the short and long-term outcomes of individuals on a multitude of domains including health, human capital, labor market, and crime. Aside from this main theme, he has also written and published numerous articles studying the impact of child care subsidies and other major welfare programs on parental and child wellbeing. His research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Family Foundation, and the Danish Council for Independent Research, among others. He published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Law and Economics. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Aside from his academic appointment at American University, he is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge Massachusetts and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.


  • 2014–present
    Professor, American University
  • 2002–present
    Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • 2001–present
    Research Fellow, Institute of Labor Economics
  • 2001–2014
    Professor, Georgia State University