Last update: Dec 22th, 2020
†: equal co-authorship

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Working Papers

Development & Migration

Unconditional cash-based assistance to the poor: What do at-scale programs achieve?
Altindag, O., O’Connell S.D., 2020
. (Working paper).
UCT’s positive impact on economic wellbeing of refugees is short-lived.

Targeting Humanitarian Aid Using Administrative Data: Model Design and Validation.
Altindag, O., O’Connell S.D., Sasmaz A., Balcioglu Z., Jerneck M., Foong A.K., 2021.
Journal of Development Economics, 148, 102564.
Organizations can efficiently target humanitarian assistance using basic administrative data.

Blessing or Burden? The Impact of Refugees on Businesses and the Informal Economy.
Altindag, O., Bakis, O., Rozo, S., 2020.
Journal of Development Economics, 146, 102490.
Refugee inflows lead to an economic boom in host regions.

Do Refugees Impact Voting Behavior in the Host Country? Evidence from Syrian Refugee Inflows in Turkey.
Altindag, O., Kaushal, N., 2020.
Public Choice.
Refugee inflows polarize voters but do not change election outcomes.


Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns: Evidence from Age-specific Curfews in Turkey.
Altindag, O., Erten, B., Keskin, P., 2020.
(Revision requested from American Economic Journal: Applied Economics)
Social and physical isolation are bad for mental health.

Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Subjective Well-Being in the US Adult Population, 2010–2016.
Kobayashi, L., Altindag, O., Truskinovsky, Y., Berkman, L., 2019.
American Journal of Public Health, 109, 1236-1242.
ACA Medicaid Expansion had precisely zero impact on the subjective well-being of Americans.

Judicial Bypass for Minors Obtaining an Abortion: Ten years of Data from Arkansas.
Altindag, O., Joyce, T., 2017.
American Journal of Public Health, 107, 1266-1271.
Many of the minors who obtain abortion in AR go through judicial bypass, have late terminations, and travel from nearby states.

Son Preference, Fertility Decline, and the Nonmissing Girls of Turkey.
Altindag, O., 2016.
Demography, 53(2), 53, 541-566.
Turkish parents try to have at least one son, and invest more in a son’s health.

Telephone Peer Counseling of Breastfeeding Among WIC Participants: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Reeder, J.A., Joyce, T., Sibley, K., Arnold, D., Altindag, O., 2014.
Pediatrics, 134, e700-e709.
Telephone peer counseling increases breastfeeding duration among low-income women.

The Great Recession, Older Workers with Disabilities, and Implications for Retirement Security.
Michigan Retirement Research Center Research Paper, WP 2012-277.
Altindag, O., Schmidt, L., Sevak, P. 2012. (Permanent working paper).
The Great Recession was particularly hard on American workers with disabilities.


Can Nonexperimental Methods Provide Unbiased Estimates of a Breastfeeding Intervention?: A Within-Study Comparison of Peer Counseling in Oregon.
Altindag, O., Joyce, T., and Reeder, J. A., 2019.
Evaluation Review, 43(3–4), 152–188.
Nonconsent bias in randomized experiments is real.

On Measuring and Reducing Selection Bias with a Quasi-Doubly Randomized Preference Trial.
Joyce, T., Remler, D.K., Jaeger, D.A., Altindag, O., O’Connell, S.D., Crockett, S., 2017.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 36(2), 36, 438-459.
Observational studies do well when self-selection into treatment is hard.

Does Classroom Time Matter?
Joyce, T., Crockett, S., Jaeger, D.A., Altindag, O., O’Connell, S.D., 2015.
Economics of Education Review, 46, 64-77.
Classroom time increases academic achievement in college students, even in large lectures.