Bilge Erten earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. Her current research project focuses on the financialization of commodity futures markets and its impact on the rising price volatility of energy, food, and metals. In particular, it explores the short- and medium-term factors underlying commodity price formation, and seeks to formulate policies that would counteract excessive speculation and reduce unwarranted price volatility. Her other research interests include the role of capital account and macroprudential regulations as counter-cyclical policy tools, and the use of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) both as an innovative source of development finance and gender equality interventions, and as a relevant instrument of cooperation for building a stable and equitable international monetary system. Her work draws on history of economic thought, macroeconomics of international trade and finance, and political economy of development.