Badi H. Baltagi is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Syracuse University and part time chair at the University of Leicester. He was previously Professor of Economics and holder of the George Summey, Jr. Professor Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1979) and statistics at Carnegie-Mellon (M.S., 1975). He is co-editor of Economics Letters, co-editor of Empirical Economics, replication editor of Journal of Applied Econometrics, and associate editor of Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews.
His research interests cover a broad range of topics in econometrics, especially panel data, specification testing, simultaneous equations, seemingly unrelated regressions, technical change, airlines efficiency, cigarette and liquor consumption, rational addiction, gasoline demand in the OECD and estimation of wage curves for Germany.
He has published in numerous leading journals including Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Econometric Reviews, Econometrics Journal and European Economic Review. He is the author/editor of several textbooks including a graduate textbook on panel data and another textbook on econometrics.
Badi H. Baltagi joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2002.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10926

This paper studies the fact that 37 percent of the internal migrants in China do not sign a labor contract with their employers, as revealed in a nationwide survey. These contract-free jobs pay lower hourly wages, require longer weekly work hours, and provide less insurance or on-the-job training than regular...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8670
published in: Health Economics, 2016, 26 (3), 277 - 291

This study investigates the effect of the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program on children's health outcomes using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) over the period 1994 to 2005. The TANF policies have been credited with increased employment for single mothers and a dramatic...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8661
Forthcoming in: Journal of Econometrics, 2017

The paper develops a general Bayesian framework for robust linear static panel data models using ε-contamination. A two-step approach is employed to derive the conditional type-II maximum likelihood (ML-II) posterior distribution of the coefficients and individual effects. The ML-II posterior densities are weighted averages of the Bayes estimator under a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8468

This paper reconsiders the Brazilian wage curve using individual data from the National Household Survey at 27 Federative Units over the period 2002 - 2009. We find evidence in favor of the Brazilian wage curve with an unemployment elasticity of -0.08 when the lagged unemployment rate is used as an...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7812
published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2014,49, 36-47.

This paper analyzes the Polish wage curve using individual data from the Polish Labor Force Survey (LFS) at the 16 NUTS2 regions over the period 1999 - 2010. This survey does not gather information on wages of self-employed or paid family workers. After excluding the unemployed, inactive and missing observations,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6836
published in: Papers in Regional Science, 2013, 92, 271-283.

This paper presents wage curves for formal and informal workers using a rich individual level data for Turkey over the period 2005-2009. The wage curve is an empirical regularity describing a negative relationship between regional unemployment rates and individuals' real wages. While this relationship has been well documented for a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5633
published in: Economics Letters, 2012, 114 (1), 128-131.

This paper examines the Turkish wage curve using individual data from the Household Labor Force Survey (HLFS) including 26 NUTS-2 regions over the period 2005-2008. When the local unemployment rate is treated as predetermined, there is evidence in favor of the wage curve only for younger and female workers. However,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5545
published in: Empirical Economics, 2012, 42 (2), 395-411

This paper investigates the factors that determine differences across OECD countries in health outcomes, using data on life expectancy at age 65, over the period 1960 to 2007. We estimate a production function where life expectancy depends on health and social spending, lifestyle variables, and medical innovation. Our first set...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5227
published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2011, 69 (1), 24-42

This paper proposes maximum likelihood estimators for panel seemingly unrelated regressions with both spatial lag and spatial error components. We study the general case where spatial effects are incorporated via spatial errors terms and via a spatial lag dependent variable and where the heterogeneity in the panel is incorporated via...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4851
published in: Economic Modelling, 2010, 27 (4), 804-811

This paper reconsiders the long-run economic relationship between health care expenditure and income using a panel of 20 OECD countries observed over the period 1971-2004. In particular, the paper studies the non-stationarity and cointegration properties between health care spending and income. This is done in a panel data context controlling...