Arzu Aysin Tekindor recently received her Ph.D. from the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. Her research interests include applied microeconomics, industrial organization, econometrics, art economics and management, cultural economics, and environmental economics and natural resources. As a consultant, Tekindor has worked with the Strategy Development Unit, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Finance, on a European Union project. She is also a galleried artist, with one solo and six group exhibitions featuring her paintings, and her work has been exhibited in Ankara, Turkey and in the U.S. states of New York and Washington. Tekindor’s research about art pricing has caught the attention of media in many countries due to its general public appeal. She gave two public seminars about the art market and presented her research at the annual meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Western Economics Association International. She was also selected to speak at the Association for Cultural Economics International conference.
Makram El-Shagi received his Ph.D. and his postdoctoral degree in economics (habilitation) from the University of Mannheim in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Currently, he is on leave from his position as senior economist at the Halle Institute for Economic Research, where he is heading a research project on financial market regulation. El-Shagi’s research interests are applied monetary economics, capital market regulation and computational econometrics, and he has published numerous articles in these fields. One of his recent papers on technical aspects of crisis prediction was published in the Journal of International Money and Finance this year. Working at an institute that is highly active in policy advice, El-Shagi focuses on applied policy issues and is frequently featured as an expert in the media. One of his current working papers covers the mechanics of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve under Chairman Greenspan and has been discussed in the media, including the Wall Street Journal. In addition, El-Shagi has served as a consultant for the European Central Bank and was a visiting scholar at KU Leuven (Belgium), Mendel University Brno (Czech Republic) and the Keio University in Tokyo (Japan). He was a visiting professor at the Universities of Halle and Bochum, the Dolibois European Center of Miami University and the German University at Cairo.