Muhammed A. Yıldırım

Assistant Professor of Economics, Koç University


Dr. Muhammed A. Yıldırım is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Koç University in Istanbul, as well as an associate at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID). He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and BS degree from California Institute of Technology. After his graduate studies, he was a postdoctoral fellow at CID between 2011 and 2014.

His research is focused on understanding network and spillover effects in a multitude of research areas including industrial policy, international trade, productivity, economic growth and matching. His research in economics has appeared in high-impact journals. He is also a co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity, published by the MIT Press and contributes to the back end of the associated website (

Dr. Yıldırım’s Ph.D. research revolved around using tools and concepts from complexity, network science and evolution to understand complex biological and the pharmaceutical industry. His research in these areas has been published in high impact journals including Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, and Cell and has been cited extensively.

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