Yavuz Yasar

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Economics
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at DU.

Professional Biography

Having studied public finance (undergraduate level) at Hacettepe University and economics (graduate level) at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, I received my masters' and Ph.D. degrees from Economics Department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I have taught various economics courses at public, private, and international settings such as the University of Utah (2000-2002), University of Minnesota-Duluth (2002-2003), Renmin University of China (Beijing) (Summer 2014, 2015 & 2018), and University of Denver (2003-present).
I also had work experience at the international organizations (e.g., United Nations Development Programme, Summer 2005) and non-profit organizations (e.g., National Association for Health Data Organizations, Summer 2001).


  • MS, Economics, University of Utah
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Utah

Professional Affiliations

  • Union for Radical Political Economics
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Association for Institutional Thought
  • Western Social science Association
  • International Initiative for Political Economy
  • Union for Radical Political Economics
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • International Health Economics Association
  • American Association of University Professors


I conduct research in the following areas:
Transformation of social policy since the 1980s
Social policy practices in Turkey since 2003
Social economics of health, healthcare and medical care
Social determinants of health
Inequality and health outcomes
Inequity in financing healthcare
Macroeconomic policy-social policy nexus
Classical-Keynesian macroeconomic theory


  • Women’s Health in the Age of Neoliberalism & Islamic Conservatism in Turkey
  • Equity in Financing Healthcare: The Case of Turkey
  • Revisiting Inequality as a Determinant of Mortality: A Bayesian Model Averaging Approach
  • The Multiplier, Distribution, and Money Supply
  • Proportionality, the Two-Price Theory, and Monetary Circulation