Member of the Month



Sadullah Çelik, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Marmara University (Department of Economics)

IN 2009 one of Dr. Çelik’s colleagues forwarded the Society’s Call For Papers email for the 2009 Boston Conference. He checked the list of invited speakers and came across the names of Prof. John Campbell and Prof. Raghuram Rajan, from then he was determined to attend the conference and hopefully become a part of the organization. In 2012, he helped to organize the 2012 Istanbul conference and was honored as a Life-Time member by the late John M. Virgo. Furthermore, Sadullah is a Board member of International Advances in Economic Research and he enjoys receiving manuscripts for review which help him stay up-to-date on areas of interest in economics. His favorite hobby is watching American and college football, especially the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from which he received his Ph. D in Economics. GO Cornhuskers!


Why did you decide to become a member?

Membership provides so many advantages. First is getting involved with the distinguished members of the Society. Second, you feel more enthusiastic and confident when you are attending the conferences with so many similar faces from all around the world. Third, getting feedback for your papers from many colleagues makes it easier and faster to publish articles. Fourth, you organize sessions in your areas of interest and encourage colleagues to attend conferences so that they have a chance to present their work. Finally, there is the honor being a part of what is a tradition for 40 years now, one of the best intellectual economic societies in the world.     

What types of projects/research are you working on and what inspires/motivates your field of study?

I am originally a monetary economist but I have been interested in behavioral economics in the last 5 years. I am working on the importance of nowcasting with special emphasis on consumer and business confidence. Moreover, I am trying to research the underlying dynamics of emerging markets by applied work which uses methods like frequency domain causality and wavelet co-movement. A paper by Stock and Watson (2010) has sparked my interest in nowcasting and papers by Breitung and Candelon (2006) and Rua (2010) helped me start my applied work. Attending conferences in related areas, coming across new papers and books, departmental seminars and special meetings and workshops has been and still are all inspirational for me in my line of work.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering entering your line of work or field of study?

I advise them to get good command of economic theory before entering into any field of study. 

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