Mehmet S. Tosun

University of Nevada, Reno, USA, and IZA, Germany

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Current position

Associate Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Research interest

Public economics, economics of population and demographic change (particularly aging and migration), international political economy, regional economics and economic growth

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, UNESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), Beirut, Lebanon, May 2012–March 2013 (Institutional Development and Participation in Countries in Transition); Consultant, UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments), Barcelona, Spain, February 2008–November 2010 (Second Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy); Short Term Consultant, The World Bank, Sustainable Development Department, May 1, 2009–June 15, 2009 (Decentralization and Spatial Dimension of Public Expenditures in MENA Countries); Short Term Consultant, The World Bank, Social Development Department, June 17, 2008–December 31, 2008 (Fiscal decentralization in Turkey and MENA countries); Consultant, UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women), October 2008 (Gender Budgeting); Consultant, West Virginia Tax Modernization Project, April–December 2006; Visiting Scholar and Consultant, Research Department, International Monetary Fund, May 2004.

Past positions

Research Assistant Professor, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University, 2001–2006


PhD Economics, Syracuse University, 2001

Selected publications

  • “Population aging and economic growth: Political economy and open economy effects.” Economics Letters 81:3 (2003): 291–296. (Also published in the Elsevier volume New Developments in the Economics of Population Ageing, edited by J. Creedy and R. Guest.)

  • “Endogenous fiscal policy and capital market transmissions in the presence of demographic shocks.” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 32:6 (2008): 2031–2060.

  • “Political economy of immigration in Germany: Attitudes and citizenship aspirations.” International Migration Review 43:2 (2009): 263–291 (with M. Kahanec).

  • “Population aging, elderly migration and education spending: Intergenerational conflict revisited.” Public Budgeting and Finance 32:2 (2012): 25–39 (with C. Williamson and P. Yakovlev).

  • “A reexamination of state fiscal health and amnesty enactment.” International Tax and Public Finance 21:5 (2014): 874–893 (with H. Luitel).