Bilge Erten

Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Northeastern University

I am 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. My research interests lie in Development Economics, with a focus on Gender, Health, and Education. Most of my 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 effects of early childhood conditions induced by trade liberalization on adolescent mental health, the consequences of FDI liberalization on structural transformation and fertility, and the impacts of mental health centers on domestic violence using data from different developing countries. I am a Co-Editor of the Review of Economics of the Household and an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. I am also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). My 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, I was a postdoctoral research scholar of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.