Gerald Carl Friedman is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He became nationally prominent during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election after writing an analysis of Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders campaign’s policies in which Friedman concluded that these policies would produce significant economic growth in the United States (including 5.3% annual growth in real GDP) if they were enacted. Friedman also received strong backlash for these remarks, ranging from editorial pundits to fellow academics. [via]
Salih Fatih Özatay
Born in Ankara in 1955, Professor Fatih Özatay graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1978. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Economics at Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1986. After having worked as an Engineer at the Turkish State Railways between 1978 and 1979, he became Assistant Specialist and Specialist at the State Planning Organization between 1979 and 1985. After a two year experience in the private sector, he joined the Central Bank of Turkey in June 1987. He acted as Specialist, Economist and Assistant General Director at the Research Department. In February 1995, Prof. Özatay left the Central Bank to become Assistant Associate Professor at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Economics. He became Associate Professor in November at the same year. He was appointed as Professor in May 2001. Besides the Faculty of Political Sciences, he lectured also in departments of economics at Bilkent and METU universities. Between 1995 and 1999, he worked as advisor at the Undersecretariat of Treasury, General Directorate of Economic Research. Professor Fatih Özatay has many articles and papers published in various national and international scientific publications on monetary crises, macro economic modeling and stabilization programs. In addition, starting from 1996 until his appointment as Vice Governor on 16 May 2001, he wrote editorials on economy in Radikal newspaper. His main areas of interest are stabilization programs, monetary crises and monetary policies.
Aykut Kibritçioğlu is a member of the Department of Economics and is currently serving as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul, Turkey. After completing his undergraduate and master’s studies in economics at the Ankara University, he received his PhD in economics from the Christian Albrecht University at Kiel, Germany. Until September 2015, he was a professor of economics at the Ankara University, where he taught courses, among others, on economic growth, international economics, the world economy, economics of technology, and introduction to economics. From 2000 to 2002, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. His recent research focuses on global economic/financial crises, international competitiveness, economics of the European Union, Turkish economy and transition to a green economy. Professor Kibritçioğlu is a member of both the Turkish Economic Association (TEK) and German Economic Association (VfS). He is one of the five co-founders of the recently established World Economy Research Group (Istanbul │ Ankara │ Zürich).