CURRICULUM VITAE
PELİN AKÇAGÜN
October, 2014
Middle East Technical University
Tel: +90 - 312 – 210 2060
Department of Economics
Fax: +90 - 312 - 210 7964
Universiteler Mah. Dumlupinar Bulv. No: 1
e-mail: [email protected]
Cankaya, Ankara, 06800, Turkey
PERSONAL
Date of Birth: November 19, 1983
Nationality: Turkish
EDUCATION
2008 January - 2014 December (expected): Ph.D. in Department of Economics, Middle East
Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
2005 September - 2008 January: M.Sc. in Department of Economics, Middle East Technical
University, Ankara, Turkey.
2001 August - 2005 June: B.Sc. in Department of Economics, Middle East Technical
University, Ankara, Turkey.
ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Permanent Position:
Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara,
Turkey [supervised by Prof. Nadir Öcal].
2005 September - Present: Teaching & Research Assistant, Department of Economics,
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Visiting Position:
2013 August – 2014 May: Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Economics, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. [supervised by Prof. Anil K. Bera].
FIELDS OF ACADEMIC INTEREST
Spatial Econometrics, Nonlinear Time Series, Applied Econometrics, Growth Economics,
Regional Development.
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PUBLICATIONS
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2011 September: “Agricultural Master Plan for Samsun Province” (with Assoc. Prof.
Hakkı Ozan Eruygur, Dr. Ümit Özcan, Asist. Prof. Tolga Pusatlı, Res. Assist. Onur Kaya,
Serkan Arabacı, Dilek Bilgin Mantı), Republic of Turkey Samsun Provincial Special
Administration, Aydan Publishing (print date: March 2012), Ankara, Turkey.
DEGREES AND AWARDS

2011 November: Third Prize with paper “Türkiye’de Bölgesel Kalkınma ve Büyümenin
Mekansal Ekonometrik Yöntemlerle Modellenmesi” [Modeling Regional Convergence
and Growth in Turkey using Spatial Econometric Methods (in Turkish)], Kalkınmada
Bölgesel Dinamikler Sempozyumu: Küreselden Yerele Stratejiler ve Uygulamalar,
TÜRKONFED, Denizli, Turkey, 18 November 2011.
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2008 January-present: High-honor degree in Ph.D. in Department of Economics,
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
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2008 January: Graduated with Honor degree in M.Sc. in Department of Economics,
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
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2005 June: Graduated with Honor degree in B.Sc. in Department of Economics,
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
CERTIFICATES
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2012 July: Economics Summer Seminars 2012, “Spatial Panel Data” by Prof. Anil K.
Bera, Pamukkale University, Denizli, 11th edition, 16-20 July 2012.
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2011 May - June: Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute 2011, Sapienza University
of Rome, Italy, 4th Edition, 16 May- 10 June 2011.
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
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2013 August – 2014 May: International Research Fellowship, The Scientific and
Technological Research Council of Turkey
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

2014 October: “Regional Income Convergence in Turkey: A Dynamic Spatial
Econometric Approach”, 14th Eurasia Business and Economics Society, Barcelona,
Spain, 23-25 October 2014.

2014 April: “A Dynamic Spatial Panel Data Approach to Regional Growth Convergence
in Turkey”, 7th Graduate Student Midwest Conference in Applied Economics, Regional
and Urban Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A., 4-6 April 2014.
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2013 July: “Reconsidering the Regional Employment Convergence Problem in Turkey:
Spatial Panel Data Estimation in an SUR Framework” (with Prof. Dr. Nadir Öcal and
Prof. Dr. Jülide Yıldırım), The VII World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics
Association, Washington DC, U.S.A., 10-12 July 2013.
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2013 June: “Regional Analysis of Sectoral Employment Dynamics in Turkey” (with
Prof. Dr. Nadir Öcal and Prof. Dr. Jülide Yıldırım), Anadolu International Conference in
Economics, Eskişehir, Turkey, 19-21 June 2013.
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2013 May: “Sectoral Analysis of Regional Employment Dynamics in Turkey: A Panel
Seemingly Unrelated Regression Model with Spatial Error Components” (with Prof.
Dr. Nadir Öcal and Prof. Dr. Jülide Yıldırım), 39th Annual Eastern Economic Association
Conference, New York, U.S.A., 9-11 May 2013.
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2013 April: “Bölgesel Kalkınmanın Mekansal Ekonometrik Yöntemlerle Analizi:
Türkiye Üzerine Bir Uygulama” [The Analysis of Regional Development with Spatial
Econometric Methods: An Application to Turkey], (in Turkish), Workshop: Türkiye
Ekonomisi'nin Dünü, Bugünü, Yarını - Yakup Kepenek'e ve Oktar Türel'e Armağan,
Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Turkey, 25-26 April 2013.
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2012 January: “Türkiye’de Bölgesel Kalkınma ve Büyümenin Mekansal Ekonometrik
Analizi” [Spatial Econometric Analysis of Regional Convergence and Growth in
Turkey], (in Turkish), Stratejik Düşünce Enstitüsü-Ekonometrik Araştırmalar Derneği,
Ankara, Turkey, 17 January 2012.
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2011 December: “Thirlwall Yasasının Ampirik Analizi: Türkiye Örneği” [Empirical
Analysis of Thirlwall Law: Turkey Case] (with Res. Asist. Aykut Mert Yakut), (in
Turkish), Ekonomik Yaklaşım Kongreler Dizisi VII: Türkiye Ekonomisinin Dinamikleri:
Politika Arayışları, Ankara, Turkey, 22-23 December.
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2011 November: “Türkiye’de Bölgesel Kalkınma ve Büyümenin Mekansal
Ekonometrik Yöntemlerle Modellenmesi”, [Modeling Regional Convergence and
Growth in Turkey using Spatial Econometric Methods], (in Turkish), Kalkınmada
Bölgesel Dinamikler Sempozyumu: Küreselden Yerele Stratejiler ve Uygulamalar,
TÜRKONFED, Denizli, Turkey, 18 November 2011.
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2011 November: “Modeling Regional Growth and Convergence in Turkey: A Spatial
Panel Data Analysis” (with Prof. Dr. Nadir Öcal), 58th Annual North American
Meetings of the Regional Science Association International and the Second
Conference of the Regional Science Association of the Americas, North American
Regional Science Council, Miami, U.S.A., 9-12 November 2011.
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2009 June: “Discussions on Trade Regime in Turkey: A CGE Analysis”, Anadolu
International Conference in Economics, Eskişehir, Turkey, 17-19 June 2009.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
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2014 January – present: Research Assistant, in the project “Avrupa Birliği’nde
Sektörel İstihdamın Bölgesel Yakınsaması: Mekansal Veri Analizi”, [Regional
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Convergence of Sectoral Employment in European Union: Spatial Data Analysis],
supervised by Prof. Dr. Nadir Öcal, financed by Middle East Technical University, BAP04-03-2014-001.
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2013 January - present: Research Assistant, in the project “Türkiye’de Bölgeler Arası
Sektörel İstihdam Farklarının Mekansal Analizi”, [The Spatial Analysis of InterRegional Sectoral Employment Differences in Turkey], supervised by Prof. Dr. Nadir
Öcal, financed by Middle East Technical University, BAP-04-03-2013-003.
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2012 January – 2013 December: Research Assistant, in the project “Türkiyede
Bölgesel Kalkınma, Büyüme ve Yakınsama Dinamiklerinin Ekonometrik Yöntemlerle
İncelenmesi”, [The Analysis of Regional Development, Growth and Convergence
Dynamics in Turkey using Econometric Methods], supervised by Prof. Dr. Nadir Öcal,
financed by Middle East Technical University, BAP-04-03-2012-003.
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2011 February – October: Research Assistant, in the project “The Support Project for
Constructing the Provincial Agriculture and Rural Development Master Plans”,
supervised by Assoc. Prof. Hakkı Ozan Eruygur, financed by The Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Samsun Provincial Directorate of Agriculture.
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2009 December – 2011 February: Research Assistant, in the project “The Impact of
Agricultural Enterprises on Productivity and Efficiency of Agricultural Production in
Turkey and Chaotic Dynamic Analysis of Selected Products: Problems, Solutions and
Policy Proposals”, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Yılmaz Kılıçaslan, financed by The
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, 1001-109K129.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2005 September - Present: Teaching Assistance, Department of Economics, Middle East
Technical University:
Introduction to Economics 1 (Econ 101)
Introduction to Research Methods 2 (Econ 106)
Economy, Society and Civilization 1 (Econ 107)
Economy, Society and Civilization 2 (Econ 108)
Principles of Economics 1 (Econ 211)
Principles of Economics 2 (Econ 212)
Economic Theory 2 (Econ 202)
Statistics for Economics 1 (Econ 205)
Statistics for Economics 2 (Econ 206)
Introduction to Econometrics 1 (Econ 301)
Introduction to Econometrics 2 (Econ 302)
Seminar in Economics (Econ 400)
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COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
R, STATA, ARCGIS, RATS, GAMS, SAS, E-Views, Microfit.
LINGUISTIC SKILLS
Turkish: Native
English: Fluent
REFERENCES
Available upon request
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