Yavuz Yasar

Yavuz Yasar


  • Faculty

What I do

I am a 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.
Financing and organization of social protection mechanisms.
Social determinants of health, social policy and social reproduction.
Social economics of health and medical care
Inequality in health outcomes and inequity in financing healthcare
Macroeconomic policy-social policy nexus
Classical-Keynesian macroeconomic theory


Yasar, Y. (2019). Women's Health in the Age of Neoliberalism & Islamic Conservatism in Turkey. Western Social Science Association 61st Annual Conference. San Diego: Western Social Science Association & Union for radical Political Economics.
Yasar, Y., & Lautzenheiser, M. B. (2022). A Kaleckian Macroeconomic Model with Social Policy. Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Conference. Online: Union for Poltical Economics.
Cavdar, G., & Yasar, Y. (2021). "Women in Turkey: Silent Consensus in the Age of Neoliberalism and Islamic Conservatism"". IAFFE-2021-Sustaining Life: Challenges and Multidimensional Crises. International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE).
Yasar, Y. (2020). Social Reproduction Under JDP Rule in Turkey. Western Social Science Association 62nd Annual Conference. Virtual (Due to COVID-19; originally Portland, Oregon): Western Social Science Association.
Yasar, Y., Cavdar, G., & Ozcorekci, M. C. (2017). Equity in Financing Healthcare: The Case of Turkey. The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century. Berlin, Germany: International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) Berlin Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).


  • THE SURAJ MAL AND SHYAMA DEVI AGARWAL BOOK PRIZE, The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)