Last update: Oct 07, 2021
†: equal co-authorship

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Working Papers


Public Health Policy At Scale: Impact of a Government-sponsored Information Campaign on Infant Mortality in Denmark.
NBER Working Paper No. 28621.
Altindag, O., Greve, J., Tekin, E., 2021.
Revisions requested from Review of Economics and Statistics.
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., 2021.
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming.
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.

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.

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.


The short-lived effects of unconditional cash transfers to refugees
Altindag, O., O’Connell S.D., 2021
UCT’s positive impact on economic wellbeing of refugees is short-lived.

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.


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.

Presentations and Seminars

2021 (Includes scheduled)
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.