Cagdas Agirdas


(813) 257-3104



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

JS 305

Meet Cagdas Agirdas

Associate Professor, Economics


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

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

Career Specialties: Cagdas Agirdas specializes in health economics and political economy. He has worked on Medicaid expansions, the effects of competition on health insurance premiums and how the Affordable Care Act affects racial/ethnic disparities in preventive care, media bias and negative campaigning.

Professional and Community Activities: Agirdas has sole-authored numerous papers. “How did Medicaid expansions affect labor supply and welfare enrollment?” was published the Health Economics Review, 2016, Volume 6, a peer-reviewed journal included on the Australian Business Deans Council’s list of academic journals. Another paper, “What drives media bias? New evidence from recent newspaper closures,” was published in the Journal of Media Economics, 2015, Volume 28, also a peer-reviewed journal included on the Australian Business Deans Council’s list of academic journals. His editor-reviewed publications have appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and the Tampa Bay Economy. Agirdas presents his working papers regularly at economics conferences. He is a member of the Southern Economic Association and the American Economic Association.

Prior to teaching at The University of Tampa, Agirdas taught for two years at Colby College in Waterville, ME, as a visiting assistant professor of economics.

Honors and Awards: The Graduate Professor of the Year Award, The University of Tampa, 2015-2016; voted by graduate students as the outstanding professor for excellence in graduate-level teaching

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 teaching undergraduate-level 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 2007-2008

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