Erdal Tekin is a Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His primary areas of research are labor economics, health economics, and applied microeconomics. Within these fields, he has worked on projects related to the economics of risky behavior and the economics of child care and welfare program participation. He has conducted extensive research on the determinants of criminal behavior among youths and adults, the effects of child care subsidies and prices on employment and welfare decisions of parents as well as the children's development, the effect of food stamp benefits on labor market outcomes, the link between child maltreatment and future criminality, the effect of mental health problems on labor market outcomes, and the causes and the economic consequences of obesity. His research has been funded by various organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Administration for Children and Families, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.