Erdal Tekin is a professor of public policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He received his B.A. from Istanbul Technical University in 1995, his M.A. from University of Colorado Denver, and his Ph.D. in Economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.


Professor Tekin’s primary research interests are in health economics and the economics of risky behavior and crime. Within these fields, he has worked on a wide range of questions on the determinants of risk health behaviors, delinquency, and crime as well as the effect of public policies and programs designed to reduce the prevalence of these behaviors and the costs associated with them. Aside from his primary research interests, he has also studied various aspects of the U.S. child care market. His scholarship has been published in both economics and interdisciplinary journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Health Affairs, among others. His research has been supported by U.S. and international organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Family Foundation, and the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Research Interests:

  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Risky Behavior and Crime
  • Economics of Childcare