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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)                                                                              Last updated: October 21, 2015

Current Position

     Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria

Personal: Turkish Citizen, US Permanent Resident, Married. 


     Ph.D., Applied Economics, Auburn University, 2011
     M.S., Economics, Auburn University, 2009
     M.S., International Marketing, Saint Joseph's University, 2003
     B.S., Business Administration, Celal Bayar University, 1999

Research Interests

     International Economics and Trade,
     Open Economy Macroeconomics, 
     Time Series Econometrics, Forecasting,
     Real Estate Economics,
     Agricultural and Resource Economics

Refereed Publications

     Durmaz, Nazif (Forthcoming), “Foreign Direct Investments, Democracy, and Economic Growth in Turkey,” Accepted for publication, International Journal of Social Economics.
     Bahmani-Oskooee, Mohsen and Nazif Durmaz (Forthcoming), “Exchange Rate Volatility and Turkish Commodity Trade with the Rest of the World,” Published Online,  Economic Change and Restructuring.
     Durmaz, Nazif (2015), “Industry Level J-Curve in Turkey,” Journal of Economic Studies 42-4, 689 - 706.
     Durmaz, Nazif and Jaehyuk Lee (2015), “An Empirical Analysis of Import Demand Function for Turkey: An ARDL Bounds Testing Approach,” Journal of Developing Areas 49-4, 215-226.
     Kagochi, John and Nazif Durmaz (2014), “Transfer Students from Two-year Institutions to Four-year Institutions at the Course-Level: A Case of Minority Students Population,” International Journal of Education Economics and Development 5-3, 257-266. 
     Durmaz, Nazif (2014), “Inventories of Asian Textile Producers, US Cotton Exports, and the Exchange Rate,” Panoeconomicus 61-4, 397-413.
     Durmaz, Nazif and Henry Thompson (2013), “US Cotton Exports and Bilateral Exchange Rates,” Agricultural Economics Review 14-1, 5-15.
     Soylu, Ali and Nazif Durmaz (2013), “Profitability of Interest-free vs. Interest-based Banks in Turkey,” Australian Economic Review 46-2, 176-188.
     Kim, Hyeongwoo and Nazif Durmaz (2012), “Bias Correction and Out of Sample Forecast Accuracy,” International Journal of Forecasting 28, 575-586.
     Cheng, Ka Ming, Nazif Durmaz, Hyeongwoo Kim, and Michael Stern (2012),“Hysteresis vs. Natural Rate of US Unemployment,” Economic Modelling 29-2, 428-434.
     Durmaz, Nazif (2011), “Housing Prices and Fundamentals: Role of Supply Shifter,” Economics Bulletin 31-3, 2468-2479.
Working Papers

     “Assessing RTAs Inter-Regional Trade Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa,” October 2015 (with John Kagochi), revision requested at the Applied Economics.
     “Evidence on Orcutt’s Hypothesis using Turkish-US Commodity Trade,” July 2015 (with Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee), under review
     “Revisiting Determinants of Banking Crises in the US: 1975 to 2011,” July 2015 (with Hasan Alpat), under review
     “Impact of Climate Change on US Corn Production: Evidence from Panel Study,” September 2015 (with Jaehyuk Lee), under review
     “Turkish–EU commodity data: a non-linear ARDL approach,” July 2015 (with Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee), in progress
     “Turkey and the EU Trade Agreement in a Specific Factors Model with Energy Imports,” August 2015, in progress
     “Democracy and Inter-regional Trade Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa,” June 2015 (with John Kagochi), in progress
     “Environmental Kuznets Curve and Implications for Sustainable Development: Carbon Emissions,” June 2014 (with Jaehyuk Lee), in progress
“Economic Freedom and Determinants of Banking Crises in Developing Countries,” June 2014 (with Hasan Alpat), in progress
“Pay and performance in European professional soccer,” March 2014 (with Jaehyuk Lee), in progress
     “The Impact of Banking Sectors on Regional Economic Development in Turkey,” May 2013 (with Jaehyuk Lee and Ali Soylu), in progress 
     “Impact of Climate Change on US Soybean Production: Evidence from Panel Study,” May 2012 (with Jaehyuk Lee), in progress 
     “Impact of Climate Change on Crop Production in Black Belt Region,” April 2012 (with Jaehyuk Lee), in progress
     “Are Components of Democracy Effective in Reducing Crime Rates?,” April 2012 (with Benhua Yang), in progress

Seminar Presentations

    2015 Southern Economic Association Meeting (New Orleans, LA, November, Scheduled)
    2014 Western Economic Association International Annual Conference (Denver, CO, June)
    2013 University of Houston-Victoria (Sugar Land, TX, Fall, November)
    2012 Southern Economic Association Meeting (New Orleans, LA, November)
    2012 European Economics and Finance Society (11th Annual Conference, Koc University, Istanbul, TURKEY, June)
    2012 University of Houston-Victoria (Sugar Land, TX, March)
    2011 Midwest Econometrics Group (21st Annual Meeting, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL, October)
    2010 Southern Economic Association Meeting (Atlanta, GA, November)
    2010 Auburn University (Auburn, AL, October)
    2009 Auburn University (Auburn, AL, March)

Academic Experience

     Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria 2012 – Present
     Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stetson University, 2011 – 2012
     Instructor, Department of Economics, Auburn University, 2010 – 2011
     Adjunct Instructor, Department of Business, Troy University – Montgomery, 2010 – 2011
     Research/Teaching Assistant, Auburn University, Prof. Henry Thompson, 2007 – 2010
     Research Assistant, Saint Joseph's University, Prof. John Lord, Spring 2002


     Economics Bulletin, The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Economic Studies, International Journal of Social Economics, The Singapore Economic Review, The International Trade Journal, Journal of Economics and International Finance.


     Partnership Professor of Economics, School of Business Administration, University of Houston - Victoria (2014)
     Summer Research Grant, School of Business, University of Houston - Victoria (2013)


     “Cotton Exports and Floating Exchange Rates” with Henry Thompson and Patricia Duffy, AAES Hatch/Multistate Grant, Priority Area 6, Investigator Initiated Innovative Research, Oct. 2009


     College - Faculty Advisor, Gamma Beta Phi - Sugar Land, 2014 – Present 
     University - Faculty Senate (Senator - School of Business Administration), 2014 – 2015
     College - MBA Redesign Committee (Member), 2013 – 2014


     Southern Economic Association (2010 - )
     Western Economic Association International (2014 - )

Additional Skills

     Languages: Turkish, English 
     Statistical Packages: GAUSS, STATA, Gretl, Microfit, EViews, SAS, Limdep. 
     Applications: Windows database, spreadsheet, and presentation software, LATEX.

Other Work Experiences

     Reviewer, Principles of Economics Series, (7th Edition) by N. Gregory Mankiw, June, 2012
     Assistant Manager, Sales Representative, Trimex International Company Philadelphia, PA, Feb ’03 – July ’07.


Prof. Henry Thompson

Department of Economics
Auburn University
0336 Haley Center
Auburn, AL 36849 
Prof. Hyeongwoo Kim

Department of Economics
Auburn University 
0339 Haley Center 
Auburn, AL 36849
Prof. Xavier Garza-Gomez

School of Business Administration
University of Houston-Victoria
14004 University Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Prof. Jeffrey Blodgett

School of Business Administration
University of Houston-Victoria
14004 University Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479