Challenges of Contemporary Economics

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First Name: Didar
Second name: Erdinç
Academic title: Ph.D. in Economics

Place of employment: Balkanski Academic Center, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria
Position: Associate Professor of Economics

  • Ph.D. in Economics, 1997, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA

Research interests:
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Monetary Economics (Financial Imperfections and Business Cycles),
  • Panel and Time Series Econometrics,
  • Banking in Central and Eastern European transitional economies,
  • the Euro-zone and the economic integration of the new member states.

Publications (most important/popular):

BOOK Bank Behavior and Crisis under Macroeconomic Uncertainty: An Application to Turkey, 1980-1996, VDM Verlag, Germany, October 2008.

ARTICLES (Selected) "Does Credit Boom Increase Bank Fragility?: Transitional Challenges in Bulgarian Banking, 1999-2009," Eastern European Economics, May 2010.

"From Credit Crunch to Credit Boom: Transitional Challenges in Bulgarian Banking, 1999-2006," Problems and Perspectives in Management, Volume 7, Issue 1, April 2009.

BOOK CHAPTER "Monetary Transmission and Bank Lending Channel under the Currency Board: The Case of Bulgaria, 1999-2010" in Monetary Policy: Roles, Forecasting and Effects, Nishiyama, Yasuo (Editor) Nova Science Publishers, Inc. USA,  2012.


  • Recipient, Jean Monnet Grant from the European Commission (EU) for the development of the course titled "Economics of EU Enlargement" (Jean Monnet Title Holder: 2007-2009)
  • Recipient, Jean Monnet Grant from the European Commission (EU) for the development of the course titled "European Economic Integration" (Jean Monnet Title Holder: 2002-2005)
  • Recipient, Syracuse University, Maxwell European School of Excellence for the development of the course titled "Law and Economics in the European Union" (Summer 2005).