PERC Welcomes Postdoctoral Research Associate Erkmen G. Aslim

Jul 30, 2018
Summary: This month, the Private Enterprise Research Center welcomes Erkmen Giray Aslim, PERC’s newest staff member and Postdoctoral Research Associate. Dr. Aslim, who is originally from Turkey, was drawn to studying economics by one of his professors at Bilkent University and a former advisee of Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve.

“I was always interested in applied research – the ability of statistics and econometric analysis of data to solve real problems. Questions like ‘How can the exponential cost curve in the U.S. health care system be bent?’ and ‘What areas of reform can reduce health care administrative costs?’ – These are what drew me to study health economics.”

Erkmen graduated from Bilkent University in Turkey with his B.A. and M.A. in Economics. In 2014, he graduated with a M.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, then earned his Ph.D. from Lehigh University in the summer of 2018.  During his studies, he received several awards, including the Stout Dissertation Award, College of Business and Economics Leadership Award, Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, and the Warren York Fellowship.

Dr. Aslim's work has previously addressed the job-lock effect, which studies whether workers stay at their current job solely because of their need for health insurance, as well as maternity leave policies and female labor force participation in emerging markets. His current research focuses on the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion on outreach and labor market outcomes.

For more information, please visit the PERC Staff page.