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Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Bilge Erten is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for Economic Development (IED) at Boston University for 2021-2022.

Her research interests lie in Development Economics, with a focus on Gender, Health, and Education. Most of her recent work explores the causes and consequences of domestic violence and mental health conditions in developing countries. Recent projects focus on how COVID-19 lockdowns affect mental health and domestic violence outcomes using different natural experiments. Ongoing projects also explore determinants of physical and mental health disparities experienced by children in different contexts.

Professor Erten is an Associate Editor at Feminist Economics and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Pabor (IZA).

Her work has been featured in the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Bloomberg View, the NPR Marketplace, and the Western Producer.

Prior to joining Northeastern faculty, Professor Erten was a postdoctoral research scholar of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

View CV
  • World Bank Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing Award 2019
  • World Bank Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing Award 2018
  • World Bank Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2017
  • 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


Women’s Political Representation and Intimate Partner Violence (with S Anukriti and Priya Mukherjee)

Trade-offs? The Impact of WTO Accession on Intimate Partner Violence in Cambodia (with Pinar Keskin)


Syrian Refugee Inflows, Health Care Access, and Childhood Vaccination in Turkey (with Pinar Keskin, Miray Omurtak, Ilhan Can Ozen, and Yusuf Emre Akgündüz)

  • World Bank Economic Review, 2023, 37 (1): 127–146.

Social Distancing, Stimulus Payments, and Domestic Violence: Evidence from the U.S. during COVID-19 (with Pinar Keskin and Silvia Prina)

Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns: Evidence from Age-specific Curfews in Turkey (with Onur Altindag and Pinar Keskin)

Does Knowledge Empower? Education, Legal Awareness and Intimate Partner Violence (with Pinar Keskin)

Female Employment and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Syrian Refugee Inflows to Turkey (with Pinar Keskin)
Journal of Development Economics, 2021, 150, 102607.

Exporting out of Agriculture: the Impact of WTO Accession on Structural Transformation in China (with Jessica Leight)
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2021, 103 (2): 364-380.
[Online Appendix] [Replication Files]

Capital Controls: Theory and Evidence (with Anton Korinek and José Antonio Ocampo)
Journal of Economic Literature, 2021, 59 (1), 45-89.
Also available as NBER Working Paper No. 26447.

The Future of Commodity Prices and the Pandemic-driven Global Recession: Evidence from 150 Years of Data (with José Antonio Ocampo)
World Development, 2021, 137, 105164.

Rethinking Unconditional Convergence in Manufacturing in the Age of New Technologies (with Oliver Schwank)
Background paper for the Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2020.
Journal of Globalization and Development, 2021, 12(1): 1–45.

Breaking the Cycle? Education and the Intergenerational Transmission of Violence (with Pinar Keskin)
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2020, 102 (2): 252-268.
Also available as the Institute of for Economic Development at BU working paper #296, November 2017.
[Online Appendix] [Replication Files

Trade Liberalization and Local Labor Market Adjustment in South Africa(with Jessica Leight and Fiona Tregenna)
Journal of International Economics, 2019, 118: 448-467.
[Online Appendix]

Compulsory Schooling for Whom? The Role of Gender, Poverty, and Religiosity (with Pinar Keskin)
Economics of Education Review, 2019, 72: 187-203.

The Real Exchange Rate, Structural Change, and Female Labor Force Participation (with Martina Metzger)
World Development, 2019, 117: 296–312.

For Better or for Worse? Education and the Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Turkey (with Pinar Keskin)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2018, 10 (1): 64-105.
[Online Appendix]. [Replication Files]

Output Effects of Global Food Commodity Shocks (with Kerem Tuzcuoglu)
Journal of Globalization and Development, 2018, 9 (1): 1-18.

Macroeconomic Effects of Capital Account Regulations (with José Antonio Ocampo)
IMF Economic Review, 2017, 65 (2): 193–240.

Proposal for a Global Fund for Women through Innovative Finance (with Nilufer Cagatay)
Feminist Economics, 2017, 23 (4): 170-200.

Super Cycles of Commodity Prices since the Mid-Nineteenth Century (with José Antonio Ocampo)
World Development, 2013, 44, 14–30.

Macroeconomic Transmission of Eurozone Shocks to Emerging Economies
International Economics, 2012, 131, 43-70.

North-South Terms of Trade Trends from 1960 to 2006
International Review of Applied Economics, 2011, 25 (2): 171–184.

  • American Economic Association
  • Eastern Economic Association
  • International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics, and International Economics
  • Initiative for Policy Dialogue
  • International Association for Feminist Economics

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