Research Interests

M. Utku Unver July 2017 I am an economic theorist with research interests in market design, mechanism design, and game theory with emphasis on the theory and practice of matching markets and allocation/exchange of discrete resources.

My recent research focuses on

On The 2012 Economics Prize in Memory of Alfred Nobel:

The Economics Prize in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded in 2012 to Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley for their contributions on the "Theory of Stable Allocations and the Practice of Market Design." My heartfelt congratulations go out to them. I am also grateful to The Nobel Committee, which extensively cited my research in the scientific background document among the main contributions that led to this prize.

Academic Positions


  • Professor, Boston College, Department of Economics (Sep'11-present)
  • Associate Professor, Boston College, Department of Economics (Sep'08-Aug'11)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics (Sep'05-Aug'08)
  • Assistant Professor, Koç University, Department of Economics (Sep'00-Aug'05)
  • Visiting Fellowships

  • Professorial Research Fellow, Deakin University Australia (’17-’20, 15 days a year)
  • Visiting Professor, MIT (Fall ’17)
  • Distinguished Research Fellow, Koç University, (July's, '13-'17)
  • Honorary Professor, Deakin University Australia ('13-'15, 15 days a year)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Jan'14-Apr'14)
  • Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Lab, New England (Aug'10-Dec'10)
  • Research Fellow, Harvard Business School (Sep'02-Aug'03)

  • Education


  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pittsburgh (2000)
  • M.A. in Economics, Bilkent University (1995) and University of Pittsburgh (1997)
  • B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University (1993)

  • Editorial Affiliations


  • Associate Editor, Theoretical Economics (2012-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Theory (2016-present)
  • Associate Editor, Games and Economic Behavior (2018-present)
  • Associate Editor, Review of Economic Design (2012-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design (2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Dynamics and Games (2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mathematical Economics (2010-2016)
  • Associate Editor, BE Journal of Theoretical Economics (2007-2013)

  • Prizes, Grants, Awards, Honors

    Prizes, Awards, and Honors

  • Elected Fellow, The Science Academy of Turkey (2014-present)
  • President, Society for Economic Design (2008-2015)
  • Franz Edelman Award Laureate, INFORMS (2014)
  • Special Award, Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) (2013)
  • Distinguished Young Scholar Award (GEBÏP) , (Older) Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA)(2005)
  • Research Incentive Award, Prof. Mustafa Parlar Foundation (2005)
  • Incentive Award in Social Sciences, (Older) Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) (2004)
  • Best Graduate Student Paper in Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics (1999)
  • Excellence in Refereeing, American Economic Review (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • Grants

  • NSF Grant: "Liver Exchange" No: SES #1729778 (as Principal Investigator)(2017-2019) (grant amount: $ 291,749, including two other PIs)
  • NSF Grant: "Organ Exchange for Kidneys, Livers, and Lungs" No: SES #1426440 (as Co-Principal Investigator)(2014-2017) (grant amount: $ 280,247, including one other PI)
  • NSF Grant: "Collaborative Research: The Optimal Timing of Kidney Exchanges: A Markov Game Approach" No: CMMI #1069100 (as Principal Investigator)(2011-2014) (grant amount: $90,978)
  • NSF Grant: "Collaborative Research: Kidney Exchange" No: SES #0616689 (as Principal Investigator)(2006-2008) (grant amount: $69,870)
  • NSF Grant: "EHP:Market Culture, Performance, and the Timing of Transactions" No: SES#0338619 (as Co-Principal Investigator) (2004-2010) (grant amount:$323,338 including two other PIs)


  • Personal Information

  • Born in 1971 in Ankara, Turkey and lived there until 1995.
  • Attended Ankara Ataturk Anadolu Middle and High School (AAAL) from 1982 to 1989.
  • Married to Lori since 2000 with two boys, Berk (born in 2003) and Baran (born in 2008).
  • Enjoys running, hiking, board games, and science non-fiction/fiction.