Last update: Nov 10, 2022
†: equal co-authorship
Diversity, Integration, and Business Productivity.
with Ceren Baysan
(pilot stage, funding secured)
The Role of Well-being Measurement in Targeting Social Protection Programs.
with Stephen O’Connell
(joint research project with UNHCR Lebanon).
Published & forthcoming
The Short-lived Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers to Refugees†
Altindag, O., O’Connell S.D., 2023.
Journal of Development Economics, 160, 102942.
UCT’s positive impact on economic wellbeing of refugees is short-lived.
- OSF Pre-analysis plan.
- Best paper award at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) 27th Annual Conference.
Another Day, Another Visit: Impact of Arkansas’ Mandatory Waiting Period for Women
Seeking an Abortion by Demographic Groups.†
Altindag, O., Joyce, T., 2022.
Journal of Public Economics, 213, 104715.
Laws restricting access to abortion have the largest impact on women with the fewest resources.
Public Health Policy At Scale: Impact of a Government-sponsored Information Campaign on Infant Mortality in Denmark†
Altindag, O., Greve, J., Tekin, E., 2022.
Review of Economics and Statistics, 1:36.
Effective public health policy can save lives and mitigate early life health disparities.
Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns: Evidence from Age-specific Curfews in Turkey. †
Altindag, O., Erten, B., Keskin, P., 2022.
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 14 (2): 320-43.
Social and physical isolation are bad for mental health.
Do Refugees Impact Voting Behavior in the Host Country? Evidence from Syrian Refugee Inflows in Turkey.†
Altindag, O., Kaushal, N., 2021.
Public Choice, 186, 149-178.
Refugee inflows polarize voters but do not change the election outcomes.
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 and increase informal economic activity.
- Mentioned in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unconditional cash-based assistance to the poor: What do at-scale programs achieve?.†
Altindag, O., O’Connell S.D., 2020.
Permanent working paper.
An older and longer version of “The short-lived effects of unconditional cash transfers to refugees.”
Presentations and Seminars
2022 (includes scheduled)
Southern Economic Association 2022 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale.
APPAM 2022 Fall Conference, Washington DC.
Economics Department Seminar, Galatasaray University.
Economics Department Seminar, Deakin University.
Health Economics Seminar, UMass Amherst.
John Glenn College of Public Affairs Seminar, The Ohio State University.
The 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement.
Georgia Tech School of Economics.
American University Department of Public Administration and Policy Seminar.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Planing Agency.
European Economic Association Annual Congress.
Department Seminar, Erasmus School of Economics.
ERF 27th Annual Conference, Cairo.
41st BREAD Virtual Conference on Development Economics.
Economics Department Seminar, Bentley University.
Economics Department Seminar, TOBB University.
Fifth Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop (PHS 2020).
NBER Health Economics Program 2020 Fall Meeting.
Economics Department Seminar, Bentley University.
Humanities Seminar, Bentley University.
Middle East Economic Association Annual Meeting, MEAA (2020).
School of Business, University of Connecticut.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon.
Economics Department Joint Seminar, Boğaziçi University, TOBB, Hacettepe University.
Population Association of America, (PAA 2020).
Economics Department Seminar, Emory University.
Conference on Forced Displacement, Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement in Copenhagen.
Research Initiative on the Economics of the Middle East (RIEME 2019), Heriot-Watt University.
Friday Lunch Seminar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Population Association of America (PAA 2019).
International Health Economics Association (iHEA 2019).
IZA Annual Migration Meeting, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy.
Research Initiative on the Economics of the Middle East (RIEME 2018), Paris 1-Sorbonne University. Conference on the Impacts of Refugees in Hosting Economies, USC Marshall School of Business.
Social Policy and Development Seminar, Boğaziçi University.
The Rockwool Foundation.
VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research.
Midwest Economics Association, SOLE special session.
Research Initiative on the Economics of the Middle East (RIEME 2018), Oxford University.
Friday Lunch, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Economic Department, Bentley University.
Eastern Economic Association (EEA 2017).
Population Association of America (PAA 2017).
Economics Department Seminar, Koç University.
International Health Economics Association (iHEA 2017).
Conference on Human Capital, Galatasaray University.
Economics Department, Boğaziçi University.
Economics Department, Sabancı University.
Economics Department, Koç University.
Economics Department, Bilgi University.
Economics Department, TOBB University.
Economics Department, Auckland University of Technology.
Economics Department, Bentley University.