Talan Iscan



Related Information

Email: Talan.Iscan@Dal.Ca
Phone:  902-494-6994
Mailing Address: 
Department of Economics
Dalhousie University
6214 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Macroeconomics
  • International finance
  • Development economics

Current Research

  • Structural change in global trade
  • Land reform and economic inequality

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Nominated for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Dalhousie University
  • Department of Economics Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dalhousie University, 2012
  • SSHRC 4A Award, Dalhousie University, July 2003
  • Research Development Fund, Dalhousie University, June 1998
  • Mellon Foundation Area Studies Fellowship, 1993
  • Professor Herbert Joseph Davenport Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Cornell University, 993
  • First of graduating class in economics, 1989, Middle East Technical University

Selected Publications

  • Inequality and structural transformation: the case of South Korea (with Kyoung Mook Lim), Economic Modelling, vol. 107, 2022, p. 105735. doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2021.105735.
  • Does distance matterfor trade in services? The case of interprovincial trade in Canada (with Catherine Boulatoff and Yulia Kolyarova), Open Economics Review, vol. 33, 2022, pp. 157-185. doi/10.1007/s11079-021-09629-3.
  • Drivers of farm commercialization in Nigeria and Tanzania (with Obed Owusu), Agricultural Economics, vol. 52, no. 2, 2021, pp.265-299. doi:10.111/agec.1218.
  • Structural change in trade: Does an emerging giant matter? (with Benjamin Dennis), Review of International Economics, vol. 100, issue 3, 2018, pp.732-761. doi:10.1111/roie.12486.
  • Redistributive land reform and structural change in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 100, issue 3, 2018, pp. 732–761. doi:10.1093/ajae/aax093.
  • Market power and the aggregate saving rate (with Andrea Giusto), Macroeconomic Dynamics, published online, 2018, pp. 1–29. doi:10.1017/S1365100517000694.
  • Engel versus Baumol: Accounting for U.S. structural change using two centuries of data (with Benjamin N. Dennis). Explorations in Economic History, vol. 46, no. 2, April 2009, pp. 186–202. Online supplementary material (data): doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.25047.06561.
  • School fees and access to primary education: Assessing four decades of policy in sub-Saharan Africa (with Katie Tinker and Daniel Rosenblum), Journal of African Economies, vol.24, no. 4, 2015, pp. 559–592. doi:10.1093/jae/ejv007.


  • Ph.D. (Cornell University)
  • M.A. (Cornell University)
  • B.Sc. (Middle East Technical University)