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5th LSE Workshop on Political Economy of Turkey

Hosted by the European Institute, Contemporary Turkish Studies, School of Public Policy and Systemic Risk Centre at LSE

LSE Campus


Ufuk Akçiğit

Ufuk Akçiğit

University of Chicago

European Institute, Contemporary Turkish Studies, School of Public Policy and Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science are jointly organizing a workshop on the Political Economy of Turkey.

The workshop will take place at LSE campus on 7th June 2024. It will feature a number of selected presentations/discussions and culminate in a public keynote lecture. The event will provide a platform for researchers and policymakers to discuss new research and to identify areas where further academic and policy-oriented work is needed. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome.

The workshop features a keynote speech by Professor Ufuk Akçiğit (University of Chicago).

Professor Ufuk Akçiğit (@ufukakcigit / @ProfUfukAkcigit (TR), is the Arnold C. Harberger Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He also serves as a Research Professor and heads the Research Group focused on The Economic Gap between East and West Germany at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). In addition, he is the Co-Director of Graduate Placement at the University of Chicago and holds the position of Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

There will be a dedicated discussant for each paper, as well as open floor discussion. 

  • Elections, political crises, democracy, and nationalism
  • Exchange rates, bank credit, systemic risks, and debt management
  • Political connections, trade, firm performance, and regional inequality 
  • Economics of immigration and demographic transition
  • Educational reforms, family and health policies, and topics in public economics


  • Orkun Saka (City & LSE)
  • Berkay Ozcan (LSE)

Programme Committee:

  • Chris Anderson (LSE)
  • Selim Aytac (Koç)
  • Selva Demiralp (Koç)
  • Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt (CGD)
  • Refet Gurkaynak (Bilkent)
  • Yaprak Gursoy (LSE)
  • Timur Kuran (Duke)
  • Davide Luca (Cambridge)
  • Adeel Malik (Oxford)
  • Berkay Ozcan (LSE)
  • Orkun Saka (City)

More about this event:

The European Institute is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. 

Contemporary Turkish Studies focuses on the politics and economy of Turkey and its relations with the rest of Europe. The programme aims to promote a deeper understanding of contemporary Turkey through interdisciplinary and critical research, teaching and related public activities.

The LSE School of Public Policy equips you with the skills and ideas to transform people and societies. It is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Their approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

The Systemic Risk Centre (SRC) was set up to study the risks that may trigger the next financial crisis and to develop tools to help policymakers and financial institutions become better prepared. Based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Centre is generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (grant number ES/K002309/1 and ES/R009724/1]. 

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