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Cagdas Agirdas


Cagdas Agirdas

Meet Cagdas Agirdas

Assistant Professor, Economics

Education: 2011 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D.
2004 Central Michigan University, M.A.
2002 Bogazici University, B.S.

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Courses Taught: Foundational Economics for Managers  
Principles of Macroeconomics 
Principles of Microeconomics 
Public Economics 
Game Theory 
Economic Development

Career Specialties: Public Economics, Health Economics, Political Economy

Professional and Community Activities: Cagdas Agirdas graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. He taught at Colby College in Waterville, ME, for two years, as a visiting assistant professor of economics.He specializes in public economics with a focus on health economics and political economy. He currently works on the effects of Medicaid expansions to cover childless adults. He has done empirical research on media bias, pocketbook voting and negative campaigning.

Honors and Awards: The Robert E. Demarest Memorial Teaching Award, University of Illinois, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011; awarded to the outstanding teaching assistant for excellence in undergraduate-level teaching in economics

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, 2004-2011; received for each teaching semester for a total of 17 semesters; awarded an outstanding distinction for 12 out of 17 semesters (top 10% of all teaching assistants campus-wide)

Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of Illinois, 2005

Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2006-2007 and 200-2008

Summer Research Award, University of Illinois, Summer 2007

Second Highest GPA in PhD Core Program in Economics, University of Illinois, 2006

Habib A. Zuberi Scholarship, Central Michigan University, 2002/03

63rd place in University Admissions Examination, Turkey, 1997; ranked 63rd out of approximately 1.5 million students who took the standardized Turkish national examination for university admissions