Ph.D., Economics, University of Rochester, NY, 2006

Dissertation title: “Essays on Mechanism Design and Game Theory”

Advisor: Prof.  William Thomson

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, 1997


Koç University, Department of Economics (Associate Professor, 2017)

Boston College, Department of Economics (Visiting Scholar, 2015)

Koç University, Department of Economics (Assistant Professor, 2006)

Research Fields & Teaching Interests

Microeconomic Theory, Mechanism Design, Matching Theory, Game Theory

Research papers

 Matching theory

  • Random assignment under weak preferences, Games and Economic Behavior, 66 (1), 546-558 (2009).
  • The probabilistic serial mechanism with private endowments, Games and Economic Behavior, 69 (2), 475-491 (2010).
  • Kidney exchange: an egalitarian mechanism, Journal of Economic Theory, 146, 592-618 (2011).
  • Kidney exchange: mechanism design approach and the case of Turkey, İktisat İşletme Finans, 318 (27), 9-26 (2012).
  • Kidney exchange: further utilization of donors via listed exchange, Journal of Mathematical Economics, 51, 178-186 (2014).
  • A characterization of the extended serial correspondence (with Eun Jeong Heo) Journal of Mathematical Economics, 59, 102-110 (2015).
  • School choice under partial fairness (with Umut Dur and A. Arda Gitmez), Theoretical Economics, accepted with revisions.
  • How (not) to integrate blood subtyping to kidney exchange (with Tayfun Sönmez and M. Utku Ünver), Journal of Economic Theory, 176, 193-231 (2018).
  • A cumulative offers mechanism with renegotiation, working paper.
  • The bargaining set of an exchange economy with discrete resources (with Murat Yılmaz), working paper.

 Preferences and utility representation

  • Utility representation of lower separable preferences, Mathematical Social Sciences, 56 (3), 389-394 (2008).

Game Theory

  • The strategic advantage of inequality averse preferences, BU Journal: Review of Social Economic and Administrative Studies, 26, 17-25 (2012).
  • Insisting on fair divisions in sequential bargaining under asymmetric information (with Murat Yılmaz), working paper.


  • “Improving kidney exchange under blood subtyping” TÜBİTAK, 2219. January 2015-July 2015.
  • “Efficient and Fair Mechanisms in Resource Allocation Problems: The Family Medicine Model of Turkey”, TÜBİTAK, 3501 – Carrier Development. April 2012-April 2014. (Project no: 111K496)
  • “Two new mechanisms in kidney exchange” TÜBİTAK, 1001. September 2007-April 2009. (Project no: 10K241)


Economic Journal, Economic Theory, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, Mathematics of Operations Research, International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Mathematical Social Sciences, Social Choice and Welfare.

Invited Seminars

  • ITAM, Department of Economics, August 2016
  • Sabancı University, Department of Economics, October 2015.
  • Bilkent University, Department of Economics, October 2015.
  • METU, Department of Economics, October 2015.
  • Boston College, Department of Economics, May 2015.
  • Vanderbilt University, Department of Economics, April 2015.
  • EAFIT, Colombia, Department of Economics, September 2013.
  • Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, February 2012.
  • METU, Department of Economics, March 2010.
  • Sabanci University, Department of Economics, December 2009.
  • Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, November 2008.
  • Koç University, ORCIBS Seminars, March 2007
  • Koç University, Department of Economics, March 2006
  • Sabanci University, Department of Economics, March 2006
  • University of Rochester, Department of Economics, December 2005

Conference Presentations

  • 10th Workshop “Matching in Practice” December, 2015.
  • Association of Southern European Economic Theorists (ASSET), Granada, November 2015.
  • Econometric Society European Meeting, Toulouse, August 2014.
  • Econometric Society European Meeting, Malaga, August 2012.
  • Econometric Society North American Meeting, Evanston, IL, June 2012.
  • Frontiers of Market Design, Monte Verita, May 2012.
  • The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), Singapore, August 2010.
  • Conference Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Roth and Sotomayors Two-Sided Matching Book, Duke University, Durham, NC, May 2010.
  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, December 2009.
  • Association of Southern European Economic Theorists (ASSET), Istanbul, October 2009.
  • Econometric Society European Meeting, Barcelona, August 2009.
  • Association of Southern European Economic Theorists (ASSET), Padua, November 2007.
  • Econometric Society European Meeting, Budapest, August 2007
  • European Economic Association, Budapest, August 2007
  • Euro XXII, Prague, July 2007
  • The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), Kos, June 2007
  • Canadian Economic Theory Conference, Montreal, May 2007
  • Society for Economic Design, Bodrum, July 2006
  • Social Choice and Welfare, Istanbul, June 2006
  • Wallis Institute Conference on Resource Allocation and Game Theory, Rochester, NY, April 2006