I am a Professor of Economics at Boston College and a microeconomic theorist who has research interests in market design, mechanism design, and game theory with an emphasis on the theory and practice of matching markets and allocation/exchange of discrete resources.

Curriculum Vitae
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My more recent research focuses on

  • The theory of allocation systems via reserves and their applications in rationing of scarce medical resources such as antivirals, ICU units, vaccines
  • The theory, design, analysis, and implementation of new organ and blood allocation and exchange policies, such as kidney, liver, and dual-donor exchange clearinghouses and blood allocation with replacement donors
  • Mechanism design and axiomatics for matching and discrete resource allocation including school choice
  • The theory and practice of balanced exchange in two-sided matching markets such as tuition exchange in college admissions, teacher reassignment, student exchange, and transfer of student-athletes
  • Improving recommendation and matching systems used in the adoption of children
  • Improving tie-break mechanisms used in sports competitions

On The 2012 Economics Prize in Memory of Alfred Nobel:
The Economics Prize in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded in 2012 to Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley for their contributions on the “Theory of Stable Allocations and the Practice of Market Design.” My heartfelt congratulations go out to them. I am also grateful to The Nobel Committee, which extensively cited my research in the scientific background document among the main contributions that led to this prize.

Academic Positions

Visiting Fellowships

  • Professorial Research Fellow, Deakin University Australia (2017-present)
  • Visiting Professor, MIT (Fall 2017)
  • Distinguished Research Fellow, Koç University, (2013 – 2017)
  • Honorary Professor, Deakin University Australia (2013 – 2015)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Jan 2014 – Apr 2014)
  • Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Lab, New England (Aug 2010 – Dec 2010)
  • Research Fellow, Harvard Business School (Sep 2002 – Aug 2003)


  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pittsburgh (2000)
  • M.A. in Economics, Bilkent University (1995) and University of Pittsburgh (1997)
  • B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University (1993)

Editorial Affiliations

Prizes, Grants, Awards, Honors

Prizes, Awards, and Honors


Personal Information

  • Born in 1971 in Ankara, Turkey and lived there until 1995.
  • Attended Ankara Ataturk Anadolu Middle and High School (AAAL) from 1982 to 1989.
  • Married to Lori since 2000 with two boys, Berk (born in 2003) and Baran (born in 2008).
  • Enjoys running, hiking, board games, and science non-fiction/fiction.