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Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu

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Position

Head of Department, Economics

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Deakin Business School

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), Florida Intl University, 2001
Master of Arts (Economics), Florida Intl University, 1999
Bachelor of Science, Middle East Tech. University, 1997

Biography

Mehmet Ulubasoglu is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Deakin Business School. Mehmet is currently the Head of the Department of Economics, and was formerly the Discipline Leader and the Associate Head of School (Research) in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

Mehmet has published extensively in international journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, European Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and American Journal of Political Science. He has also taught a variety of courses from the first to third and Honours-year undergraduate levels, as well as for the PhD program at Deakin University. He has supervised 12 PhD students to completion as Principal or Associate Supervisor.

Mehmet has also undertaken several research projects linked with government organisations both nationally and internationally, including with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Asia Pacific Network, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre. He has held consultancy roles for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. In 2012 he co-organised the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting, which featured the 2010 and 2012 Nobel Laureates in Economics and many other renowned scholars from around the world as keynote and invited speakers.

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Research interests

  • Economic Development
  • Economics of Natural Disasters in Australia and Asia
  • Political Economy
  • Public Choice
  • International Trade Policy

Affiliations

  • Member, Econometric Society. 
  • Member, American Economic Association.
  • Member, Economic Society of Australia.
  • Associate Editor, Economics and Politics.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development.

Teaching interests

  • Econometrics
  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomics

Units taught

  • MAE102 - The Global Economy
  • MEE201 - Competition and Industry
  • MAE202 - National Economic Policy
  • MAE256 - Analytical Methods in Economics and Finance
  • MAE303 - International Economics
  • MAE305 - Business and Financial Forecasting
  • MAE306 - Applied Econometrics in Economics and Finance
  • MAE406 - Business and Financial Econometrics
  • MAE413 - Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • MAE704 - International Trade and Policy
  • MAE901 - Advanced Econometrics (PhD Level)

Knowledge areas

  • Economic Development
  • Economics of Natural Disasters in Australia and Asia
  • Political Economy
  • Public Choice

Conferences

Co-Chair, Econometric Society Australasian Meetings, 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

Co-organizer, Annual Workshop on Natural Experiments in History: Development, Health and Labour, 2014-2020, Deakin University.

Media appearances

  • It can't all be insured: counting the hidden economic impact of floods and bushfires. (The Conversation), May 2021.
  • Teleworkability in Australia (The Conversation), June 2020.
  • Calculating the losses of this fire season (Fire Australia) June 2020
  • Natural disasters increase inequality. The recovery funding may make things worse. (The Conversation), February 2020.
  • Radio interview given  to ABC North Queensland, Feb 2020.
  • Counting the costs of Australia’s bushfires (ABC The Money), Jan 2020.
  • eFM's "This Morning", English-language program in Seoul, South Korea, 8 January 2020, on Australia’s summer bushfires.
  • Black Saturday: the economic costs (ABC The Money), Feb 2019.
  • As a grand-ma-to-be I can no longer stay out of this debate (Sydney Morning Herald), Dec 2019.
  • Past research points to potential economic impact of bushfires (Mirage News), Dec 2019.
  • Australia bushfires: too early to estimate losses (International Business Times), Nov 2019.
  • Dark Mofo art rebuilding bushfire-devastated Huon Valley in Tasmania (ABC News), June 2019.
  • Pre-Disaster Multi-Hazard Damage and Economic Loss Estimation Model, Youtube, 2017.
  •  'The effects of the Gallipoli Campaign on Turkish Natives', Radio National (Canberra), 4BC (Brisbane), 666 ABC (Canberra) and River FM (Ipswich), Australia, 2015.
  • 'Food demand behaviour in Australia', ABC Wide Bay (QLD) and Radio 3gv (Traralgon), Australia, 2011.
  • 'The effects of the Gallipoli Campaign on Turkish natives', The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times and ABC Online, Australia, 2015.
  • 'The unemployment effects of the global financial crisis', Herald Sun and Leader Community Newspapers, Australia, 2009.

Research groups

Director, The Centre for Disaster Resilience and Recovery, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

Awards

  • Excellence in Research (for effectiveness, excellence and exemplary practice as a Research Supervisor), Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, 2013.

Projects

  • Gibbs, L, and M. Ulubasoglu et al. "School Staff Support After Major Emergencies". Teachers' Health Foundation, New South Wales, Australia, 2020-2022.
  • Ulubasoglu, M., and M.H. Rahman.,'Optimising Post-Disaster Recovery Interventions in Australia', The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Government, $619,585, Canberra, Australia, 2017-2020.
  • Ulubasoglu, M. and A. Rajabifard. A.,'Pre-Disaster Multi-Hazard Economic Loss Estimation Model', The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Government, $525,000, Canberra, Australia, 2014-2016.
  • Ulubasoglu, M. and Bhattacharya, P., 'Integrating Natural Disasters Risk Information into Economic Modelling: Phase II', Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, $9,000, Bangkok, Thailand, 2012-2013.
  • Ulubasoglu, M., 'Integrating Natural Disasters Risk Information into Economic Modelling: Phase I', Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, $9,000, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010-2011.
  • Ulubasoglu, M., Mallick, D., Wadud, M., Hone, P. and Haszler. H., 'Food Demand Elasticities in Australia', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Government,  $70,000, Canberra, Australia, 2010.

Publications

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2021

Long-term effects of malnutrition on early-life famine survivors and their offspring: new evidence from the Great Vietnam Famine 1944-45

C Guven, T Hoang, M Rahman, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 1600-1627, Health economics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Support Programs Following Natural Disasters-a Scoping Review of Emerging Evidence

L Gibbs, K Marinkovic, J Nursey, L Tong, E Tekin, M Ulubasoglu, N Callard, S Cowlishaw, V Cobham

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 1-19, Current Psychiatry Reports, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

Assessing potential loss and damage for flood hazard using an econometric modelling technique

Senaka Basnayake, Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Muhammad Rahman, Sarath Premalal, Lalith Chandrapala, Madan Shrestha, Susantha Jayasinghe, Niladri Gupta

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, APN Science Bulletin, Tokyo, Japan, C1

journal article

Evaluating wildfire exposure: Using wellbeing data to estimate and value the impacts of wildfire

D Johnston, Y Önder, M Rahman, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2021), Vol. 192, pp. 782-798, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, C1

journal article
2020

Romes without empires: urban concentration, political competition, and economic development

C Karayalcin, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2020), Vol. 63, pp. 1-29, European journal of political economy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Floods, bushfires and sectoral economic output in Australia, 1978-2014

M Ulubaşoğlu, M Rahman, Y Önder, Y Chen, A Rajabifard

(2019), Vol. 95, pp. 58-80, Economic record, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The political economy of land reform enactments: new cross-national evidence (1900-2010)

P Bhattacharya, D Mitra, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2019), Vol. 139, pp. 50-68, Journal of development economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Social capital as a coping mechanism for seasonal deprivation: the case of the Monga in Bangladesh

R Bakshi, D Mallick, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2019), Vol. 57, pp. 239-262, Empirical economics, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Institutions for private sector development and pro‐poor growth: evidence from Vietnam

Trung Hoang, Cong Pham, Mehmet Ulubaşoğlu

(2019), Vol. 27, pp. 699-728, Economics of transition and institutional change, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The Effects of Farm Subsidies on Farm Exports in the United States

L Tong, C Pham, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2019), Vol. 101, pp. 1277-1304, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, C1

journal article
2017

The role of middle class in economic development: what do cross-country data show?

N Chun, R Hasan, M Rahman, M Ulubaşoğlu

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 404-424, Review of development economics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The shocking origins of political transitions: evidence from earthquakes

M Rahman, N Anbarci, P Bhattacharya, M Ulubasoglu

(2017), Vol. 83, pp. 796-823, Southern Economic Journal, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Can extreme rainfall trigger democratic change? The role of flood-induced corruption

M Rahman, N Anbarci, P Bhattacharya, M Ulubasoglu

(2017), Vol. 171, pp. 331-358, Public choice, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article
2016

Food demand elasticities for Australia

M Ulubasoglu, D Mallick, M Wadud, P Hone, H Haszler

(2016), Vol. 60, pp. 177-195, Australian journal of agricultural and resource economics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The role of rice in poverty dynamics in rural Vietnam: 2002-2008

T Hoang, C Pham, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 132-150, Journal of the Asia Pacific economy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The political economy of development in a globalizing world

D Mitra, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 459-461, International review of economics and finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The role of middle class in democratic diffusion

N Chun, R Hasan, M Rahman, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 536-548, International review of economics and finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Exchange rate regimes and fiscal discipline: the role of trade openness

M Chowdhury, P Bhattacharya, D Mallick, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 45, pp. 106-128, International review of economics and finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The role of endowments, technology and size in international trade: new evidence from product-level data

C Pham, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 913-937, Journal of international trade & economic development, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2015

What Underlies Weak States? The Role of Terrain Ruggedness

P Jimenez Ayora, M Ulubasoglu

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 167-183, European Journal of Political Economy, C1

journal article

Persistence, capital account openness, and financial sector health in exchange rate regime choice

M Chowdhury, P Bhattacharya, D Mallick, M Ulubasoglu

(2015), Vol. 91, pp. 279-299, Economic record, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Foreign direct investment and economic growth: A real relationship or wishful thinking?

S Iamsiraroj, M Ulubasoglu

(2015), Vol. 51, pp. 200-213, Economic modelling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Social capital and hygiene practices among the extreme poor in rural Bangladesh

R Bakshi, D Mallick, M Ulubasoglu

(2015), Vol. 51, pp. 1603-1618, Journal of development studies, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

An empirical inquiry into the role of sectoral diversification in exchange rate regime choice

M Chowdhury, P Bhattacharya, D Mallick, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2014), Vol. 67, pp. 210-227, European Economic Review, C1

journal article

Non-farm activity, household expenditure, and poverty reduction in rural Vietnam: 2002-2008

T Hoang, C Pham, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2014), Vol. 64, pp. 554-568, World Development, C1

journal article
2013

Does legal heritage affect obesity? The channel of motor vehicle dependence

P Carlin, M Kidd, M Ulubaşoĝlu

(2013), Vol. 41, pp. 621-633, Journal of Comparative Economics, C1

journal article

State-owned enterprises, inequality, and political ideology

V Avsar, C Karayalcin, M Ulubasoglu

(2013), Vol. 25, pp. 387-410, Economics and Politics, C1

journal article
2011

Intersectoral size differences and migration : Kuznets revisited

N Anbarci, M Ulubasoglu

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 251-292, Journal of international trade and economic development, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Intersectoral size differences and migration: Kuznets revisited

N Anbarci, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 251-292, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, E1

conference
2009

Leviathan resists: The endogenous relationship between privatization and firm performance

K Arin, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2009), Vol. 140, pp. 185-204, Public Choice, C1

journal article

Internationalization and alliance formation: Evidence from Turkish SMEs

M Ulubaşoǧlu, M Akdiş, B Kök

(2009), Vol. 27, pp. 337-361, International Small Business Journal, C1

journal article
2008

Democracy and economic growth: A meta-analysis

H Doucouliagos, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2008), Vol. 52, pp. 61-83, American Journal of Political Science, C1

journal article
2007

International comparisons of rural-urban educational attainment: Data and determinants

M Ulubaşoǧlu, B Cardak

(2007), Vol. 51, pp. 1828-1857, European Economic Review, C1

journal article

Institutions and policies for growth and poverty reduction: The role of private sector development

R Hasan, D Mitra, M Ulubasoglu

(2007), Vol. 24, pp. 69-116, Asian Development Review, C1

journal article
2006

Economic freedom and economic growth: Does specification make a difference?

C Doucouliagos, M Ulubasoglu

(2006), Vol. 22, pp. 60-81, European Journal of Political Economy, C1

journal article

Can we obtain realistic parameter estimates for the 'protection for sale' model?

D Mitra, D Thomakos, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2006), Vol. 39, pp. 187-210, Canadian Journal of Economics, C1

journal article
2005

Career progression, human capital and pay equity in Australian public sector labour markets

C Doucouliagos, P Hone, M Ulubasoglu

(2005), pp. 1-53, ACE 05 : Proceedings of the Australian Conference of Economists, 2005, University of Melbourne, E1

conference
2004

Zipf's law strikes again: The case of tourism

M Ulubaşoǧlu, B Hazari

(2004), Vol. 4, pp. 459-472, Journal of Economic Geography, C1

journal article

Globalisation and inequality

M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2004), Vol. 37, pp. 116-122, Australian Economic Review, C1

journal article

Protection versus promotion: An empirical investigation

D Mitra, D Thomakos, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2004), Vol. 16, pp. 147-162, Economics and Politics, C1

journal article

Endogenous liberalization and within-country inequality

N Anbarci, M Ulubasoglu

(2004), pp. 1-45, Selected papers from the 33rd Australian Conference of Economists, Sydney Sept. 27-30, 2004, Sydney, N.S.W., E1

conference
2002

"Protection for sale" in a developing country: Democracy vs. dictatorship

D Mitra, D Thomakos, M Ulubaşoǧlu

(2002), Vol. 84, pp. 497-508, Review of Economics and Statistics, C1

journal article

The impact of trade liberalization on import demand

D Thomakos, M Ulubasoglu

(2002), Vol. 4, pp. 1-26, Journal of economic and social research, Istanbul, Turkey, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Australian Domestic Demand Elasticities for Rural Marketing and Policy Analysis

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, A/Prof Debdulal Mallick, Dr Mokhtarul Wadud, Dr Henry Haszler, Dr Phillip Hone, Prof Chris Doucouliagos

RIRDC Grant - Research - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

  • 2011: $5,000
  • 2009: $22,478
  • 2008: $20,000
  • 2007: $23,312

Other Public Sector Funding

Pre-distaster multi-hazard damage and economic loss estimation model

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Dr Prasad Bhattacharya

  • 2017: $90,000
  • 2016: $85,500
  • 2015: $84,000
  • 2014: $84,000

Industry and Other Funding

Pre-disaster natural hazard loss estimation

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu

  • 2012: $11,884
  • 2011: $3,538
  • 2010: $2,007

Developing Climate Inclusive Potential Loss and Damage Assessment Methodology for Flood Hazards

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Dr Cahit Guven

  • 2019: $4,361
  • 2018: $2,594
  • 2017: $4,242
  • 2016: $5,177
  • 2015: $9,599

School Staff Support After Major Emergencies.

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu

  • 2021: $30,000
  • 2020: $30,000

Other Funding Sources

Optimising Post-disaster Recovery Interventions in Australia

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Dr Md Habibur Rahman

  • 2020: $120,000
  • 2019: $185,000
  • 2018: $154,489
  • 2017: $80,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2020

Meghna Ghosh

Thesis entitled: Consumption and Distributional Implications of the Implementation of Value Added Taxes in India

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

2017

Ana Marija Dabo

Thesis entitled: Essays in Land, Legal Systems and Economic Development

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

Nourin Shabnam

Thesis entitled: Essays on Early-Life Malnutrition and Adulthood Socioeconomic Outcomes: Bangladesh Evidence

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

2014

Pablo Jimenez Ayora

Thesis entitled: Essays on Political and Development Economics

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

2013

Rejaul Bakshi

Thesis entitled: Essays on Social Capital and Poverty in Bangladesh

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

MD Habibur Rahman

Thesis entitled: Essays on the Economics of Natural Disasters and Political Institutions

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Anshu Mala Chandra

Thesis entitled: Foreign Direct Investment and the Stages of Sector Diversification

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

2012

Mohammad Chowdhury

Thesis entitled: Exchange Rate Regime Choice: Some Determinants and Consequences

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Xuan Trung Hoang

Thesis entitled: Dynamics of Poverty in Vietnam: 2002-2008

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Associate Supervisor
2017

Thu Huong Nguyen

Thesis entitled: The Effects of China's Exports on World Trade

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

2016

Lan Anh Tong

Thesis entitled: Three Essays on the Trade Effect of US Farm Subsidies

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

2009

Sasi Iamsiraroj

Thesis entitled: A Comprehensive Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics

2008

Claudia Burgio-Ficca

Thesis entitled: Existence of Externalities from Investment in Higher Education

Master of Economics, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance