University of Maryland













Ph.D. in Economics, New York University, 2007.
M.A. in Economics, New York University, 2003.
B.S. in Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Summa Cum Laude, 2001.

Fields of Interest

Public Economics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics

Current Positions

Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics,
University of Maryland, 2016-
Adjunct Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research,
University of Michigan, 2016-


"The Impact of Taxes and Wasteful Government Spending on Charitable Giving," (with R. Sheremeta), Forthcoming, Experimental Economics

"Independent versus Collaborative Fundraising: Understanding the Role of Information," (with C. Eckel and B. Guney), 2020, European Economic Review

"Demand for Giving to Multiple Charities: An Experimental Study," (with E. Filiz-Ozbay), 2019, Journal of European Economic Association

"Free Riding and Ethnic Heterogeneity," 2019, Economics Letters

"Behavioral Sources of the Demand for Carbon Offsets: An Experimental Study," (with K. Kuhn), 2019, Experimental Economics

"The Effects of Information and Culture on Giving," (with P. Rey-Biel and R. Sheremata), 2018, Experimental Economics and Culture (Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 20)

"Experimental Departures from Self-Interest when Competing Partnerships Share Output," (with J. Cherry and S. Salant), 2015, Experimental Economics

"Distinguishing the Role of Authority "In" and Authority "To"," (with D. Silverman and J. Slemrod), 2014, Journal of Public Economics

"Understanding the Reference Effect," (with Y. Masatlioglu), 2013, Games and Economics Behavior.

"Behavioral Mechanism Design: Evidence from the Modified First-Price Auctions," (with Y. Masatlioglu and S. Taylor), 2012, Review of Economic Design

"Public Goods Provision, Inequality and Taxes," 2011, Experimental Economics

"Charitable Giving under Inequality Aversion," (with P. Derin), 2010, Economics Letters

"Public Goods Provision and Redistributive Taxation", 2009, Journal of Public Economics

Working Papers

"The Effect of "Non-binding" Price Floors on the Price of Storable Assets: Emissions Permits and Agricultural Commodities", with S. Salant and W. Shobe

"The Impact of Exposure to Political Violence on Risk and Ambiguity Attitudes", with A. Kibris

Work in Progress

"How Effective are Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving? A Comparison of Rebate and Matching Subsidies in the Context of Taxes", with Z. Higgs

"Exposure to Political Violence and Social Preferences", with A. Kibris

"Providing Public Goods for Conflict versus Non-conflict Regions", with A. Kibris

"Does Endogenous Group Formation Overcome the Tragedy of the Commons," (with J. Cherry)

"Endogenous versus Exogenous Goals at the Workplace," (with B. Altan and B. Guney)

Referee Service

American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Economics Bulletin, Economics and Philosophy, Economics and Politics, European Journal of Political Economy, Experimental Economics, Games, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Economic Science Association, Journal of Public Economics, Land Economics, Management Science, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Palgrave Communications, Public Finance Review, PLOS ONE, Resource and Energy Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economics Studies, Review of Economic Design, and Southern Economic Journal


Faculty-Student Research Award (FSRA), University of Maryland, $10,000, 2021-2022
International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE), $10,000 2017-2018
Tubitak, $10,000, 2017-2018
Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics, Undergraduate Research Experience, $3,000, 2015
Science of Philanthropy Initiative, $28,975 2014-2015
The Erb Institute, University of Michigan, 2011-2012
Russell Sage Foundation's Small Grant on Behavioral Economics, 2009-2010
C.V. Starr Travel Grant, for ESA Meeting, 2004; Zeuthen Conference, 2004; 17th International Conference on Game Theory, 2006
GSAS Travel Grant, for IHS Social Change Workshop in Standford University, 2006
MacCracken Fellowship from New York University, 2001-2005