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Yavuz Yasar

 Yavuz Yasar

  Associate Professor
  Sturm Hall 240
  Phone: 303-871-2244




Having studied public finance (undergraduate level) at Hacettepe University and economics (graduate level) at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, I moved to the U.S.A. in 1996 to study economics at the graduate level. 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), 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).

Areas of expertise/Research interests

• Health Economics
• Social Policy & Development
• Macroeconomics & Money
• Political Economy & History of Economic Thought


PhD. Economics, University of Utah
M. Sc. Economics, University of Utah
B.A Public Finance, Hacettepe University (Turkey)

Current research and projects

• Social policy practices of Justice and Development Party in Turkey since 2003
• Social economics of health and healthcare
• Social determinants of health
• Inequality and health outcomes
• Inequity in financing healthcare
• Macroeconomic policy-social policy nexus
• Classical-Keynesian macroeconomic theory

Courses Taught

I have been assigned to teach the following courses since 2003 at the University of Denver.
• ECON 1020 Micro & Macroeconomics: History and Theory
• ECON 2030 Intermediate Macroeconomics
• ECON 2410 Industrial Organization Economics
• ASEM 2626 Politics, Policy, and Economics of Health Care
• ECON 3740 Health Economics
• ECON 3850 Mathematics for Economists.
• ECON 3410 Economics of Industrial Organizations
• ECON4020 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory


For more information about my research and publications, please see
Current Vita
DU-Portfolio page: page: