Senior Lecturer and Director of the Turkey Initiative in the Brandeis International Business School


Ph.D., Boston College

Field of Specialty

Development Economics, Economic Modeling (on CGE), International Trade (with a focus on Trade Liberalization and Tax Reforms), Political Economy

Contact Information

Heller-Brown Building 202

Personal Web Page

Can Erbil

Can Erbil is a Research Fellow of EcoMod, Global Economic Modeling Network, where he is involved in research and teaching on economic modeling. EcoMod is based in Brussels. Erbil is also currently a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, working on a project for the New Hampshire Tax Commission to estimate the economic impacts of changes in income, sales and property taxes.

On two different occasions, Erbil has worked in the International Trade Division of the World Bank, as a consultant and data manager. He has conducted intensive empirical research using international data sources, and delivered policy recommendations to client countries on issues such as market openness.


Erbil, Can and Brandess, Andrew. "Gold-of-Pleasure." Dialogue

Erbil, Can with Ali Bayar, Frederic Dramais, Cristina Mohora and Masudi Opese. "Regional Impacts of Carbon Taxes." April 2007. (forthcoming)

Erbil, Can with Marwa Farag, A. K. NandaKumar, Stanley Wallack, Dominic Hodgkin, Gary Gaumer. "The income elasticity of health care spending in developing and developed countries." International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 10. 1 (2012).

Erbil, Can with Brandess, A., and Keske, C.. "The Viability of Butanol as a Biofuel Option in Western Colorado." United States Association for Energy Economics Dialogue 19(2). 19(2). (2011).

Erbil, Can. "“The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The South-South Locomotive”." Political Reflection April 2011: 5 23-24.

Erbil, Can with Elif Sisli-Ciamarra. "Inflation and Poverty," February 2009.

Erbil, Can with Ferhan Salman (IMF). "Relaxing the Financial Constraint: The Impact of Banking Sector Reform on Firm Performance - Emerging Market Evidence from Turkey" March 2009.

Erbil, Can. "Global Economy." New York: Agincourt Press, 2009

Erbil, Can and Ozdemir, Durmus. "Does Financial Liberalization Trigger long-run Economic Growth? New Evidence from EU8 and Turkey." EcoMod 2008, International Conference on Policy Modeling, Berlin ( German Institute for Economic Research DIW-Berlin), Germany. July 2-4, 2008.

Erbil, Can and Nundlall Prasandjeet. "The Contribution of Financial Development to Income Levels in Sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of African Economies (under suggested revision to resubmit). (2008).

Erbil, Can and Ogus, Ayla. "Ethnic tension, Instability and Trade: Case of Turkish Exports to Iraq." 15th World Congress of the Internatioanal Economic Association, Istanbul, Turkey. June-25-29, 2008.

Erbil, Can and Sahin, Sebnem (The World Bank). "Welfare Impact of Energy Policies in Turkey: 1970-2020." 31st IAEE International Conference titled "Bridging Energy Supply and Demand: Logistics, Competition and Environment", Istanbul, Turkey. June 18-20, 2008.

Erbil, Can, Gülen, Gürcan (Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin) and Hossain, Ijaz (Petroleum and Mineral Resource Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology). "Energy Policies for Developing Countries: The Case of Natural Gas in Bangladesh." April 2008 (preliminary).

Bayar, A., Dramais, F., Erbil, C., Mohora, M.C. and M. Opese. "Regional Impacts of Carbon Taxes." Sustainable Development. Ed. Ali Bayar. Bucharest, Romania: ASE Press, 2007

Erbil, Can and Ozdemir, Durmus. "Does Financial Liberalization Trigger Long run Economic Growth? Evidence from Turkey and Other Recent EU Candidates." EcoMod2007, International Conference on Policy Modeling., Sao Paulo, Brasil. July 11-13, 2007.

Erbil, Can and Salman, Ferhan. "Revealing Turkey's Public Debt Burden - A Transparent Payments Approach." Journal of Policy Modeling 28. 7 (2006): 825-835.

Erbil, Can. "The Consequences of Trade Liberalization in the Textile and Clothing Sector in Mediterranean Countries." Mediterranean Yearbook 2006. Ed. European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Fundació CIDOB. European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Fundació CIDOB, 2006. 161-166.

Erbil, Can and Ogus, Ayla. "The Effects of Instability on Turkey's Bilateral Trade with Iraq." Turkish Policy Quarterly 4. 4 (2005): 169-177.

Erbil, Can, Bayar, A., Sisik, S., Yeldan, E. & Schef, M.. The Future of the Textile and Clothing Industries in the Mediterranean Countries in the Face of the MFA phasing-out, China's WTO Membership, the Multilateral Trade Liberalisation, and EU Enlargement. FEMISE-European Commission / EcoMod Network, 2005.

Erbil, Can. "Revealing Turkey's Public Debt Burden: A Transparent Payments Approach." Ed. Salman, Ferhan. Cental Bank of Republic of Turkey, 2004

Erbil, Can. Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the negotiations of the trade agreement between the European Community and the Countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). European Council, 2003.

Courses Taught

BUS 249f Immersion Experience
ECON 8b The Global Economy
ECON 80a Microeconomic Theory
ECON 270a Economic Development Strategies
HS 236a International Health Systems
HS 405a Applied Econometrics