Economic Advisor and Economist
Areas of Expertise
Burcu Eyigungor has always been interested in sovereign debt and default because of the suffering they can inflict on nations. When she first started researching sovereign default, it was thought to be an emerging-country phenomenon. But by the time she published her first paper about it, some European countries were experiencing debt crises, and it had become obvious that developed nations were not immune to these events.
Burcu’s work extends into other areas of political economy and policy. Another paper analyzes voting patterns in U.S. elections over the last several decades. Beyond public sector issues, Burcu’s research interests include mortgages and corporate debt. Her most recent project looks at corporate debt and default during times of low interest rates.
Burcu was previously an economist at the Central Bank of Turkey and a teaching assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA and an undergraduate degree from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.