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]
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).
Serdar Sayan obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Economics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 1985. He received both his master’s (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. He returned to Turkey in 1992 to join Economics Department at Bilkent University in Ankara where he worked until 2006, except when he went back to Ohio State to teach graduate courses as a Visiting Professor in 2003-2004, and during his tenure as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Winter 2005. In 2006, he moved to TOBB University of Economics and Technology, also in Ankara, where he currently teaches and serves as the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and as the Director of the Center for Social Policy Research. He concurrently directs the Entrepreneurship Institute at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV).