Esra Nur Ugurlu
I'm a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Leeds. My primary research interests lie in development economics and macroeconomics. My current research focuses on the political economy of real exchange rate policies in developing countries. More specifically, I examine why many developing countries avoid undervalued (or competitive) exchange rate policies or intentionally pursue overvaluation, despite the large body of theoretical and empirical research showing that exchange rate undervaluation can be conducive to growth and development. Other themes I explore in my research include structural change implications of consumer lending policies, the relevance of Modern Monetary Theory to development issues, the effects of labour shortages on capital accumulation, and the impacts of international financial flows on domestic credit dynamics.
I previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), as a guest lecturer at Bogazici University in Turkey and at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.