Semih Akçomak

Semih Akçomak
Middle East Technical University | METU · Science and Technology Policy Research Centre - TEKPOL

PhD

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Introduction
Curious about (very) long run growth. This led me to investigate many different factors that determine long run growth some of which are social capital, human capital, culture and finally and most importantly innovation. The complex nature of relations among these factors and growth is difficult to tackle but very interesting which keep me going :)
Additional affiliations
March 2012 - present
Middle East Technical University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • I am currently teaching must as well as elective courses on economics of innovation and technology; Science and technology policy; Labour, globalisation and technology; Research methods for science and technology policy studies.
March 2012 - March 2016
Middle East Technical University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
December 2009 - December 2010
CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
Position
  • Researcher
Education
September 2003 - February 2009
Maastricht University
Field of study
  • Economics
September 2001 - June 2003
Middle East Technical University
Field of study
  • Economics
September 1996 - June 2001
Middle East Technical University
Field of study
  • Economics

Publications

Publications (40)
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This research provides an explanation for high literacy, economic growth and societal developments in the Netherlands in the period before the Dutch Republic. We establish a link between the Brethren of the Common Life (BCL), a religious community founded by Geert Groote in the city of Deventer in the late fourteenth century, and the early developm...
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This paper introduces indicators about the division of labour to measure and interpret recent trends in the structure of employment in the Netherlands. Changes in the division of labour occur at three different levels: the level of the individual worker, the level of the industry and the spatial level. At each level the organisation of work is dete...
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This paper reviews the literature on incubators in developed and developing countries. We show that the concept of incubators has evolved in time according to market and firm needs. Contemporary successful incubators are profit oriented; provide a wide range of services; focus more on intangible business services; and employ qualified managers and...
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Startup selection is an essential mechanism of how accelerators create value. Through in-depth case studies of 10 accelerators in Turkey, our research explores the selection process in accelerators. Our findings indicate that accelerators overcome their context’s extreme uncertainty by involving various actors in the selection process and reducing...
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Bu çalışmada, potansiyel bir teknolojik devrim olarak kuantum teknolojilerinin Türkiye’de ve Dünya’da mevcut durumu incelenerek, toplumsal etkilerinin hangi bağlamda okunabileceği tartışılıyor. Makalede ilk olarak tekno-ekonomik paradigma yaklaşımı çerçevesinde bu teknolojik devrimin nasıl incelenebileceğine ve gelişmekte olan ülkelere hangi fırsat...
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Hinging on the collaboration-induced knowledge diffusion literature, this paper aims at investigating how the landscape of knowledge production and diffusion has changed over the years and whether there is evidence of knowledge convergence among European regions. Using the European Union Framework Programme data from 1984 to 2016 and network analys...
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This volume studies the enduring complexity of EU–Turkey relations in all their thematic dimensions and with a view to offering future scenarios. It accomplishes three important aims. First, following a narratives analysis, the chapters analysing identity, politics, the economy, security, migration and energy identify the key dynamics that impact t...
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This chapter aims to investigate whether manufacturing success in Turkish automotive industry stimulated technological learning and innovation capabilities. Detailed information from a primary R&D and innovation funding agency is used to show that the technological characteristics of the funded automotive R&D and innovation projects remained reason...
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Science diplomacy has been used for the broad purpose of international knowledge management. Countries engage in science diplomacy to access and promote knowledge, as well as influence public opinion. Despite the rising interest in science diplomacy, there is very little research on how science diplomacy can be utilized to tackle global challenges...
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This paper investigates the effect of trust on inventive activity. The paper uses generalised trust and about 20 other trust (and trustworthiness)-related indicators and investigates which trust-related variables explain inventive activity in 20 European countries divided into 135 regions with a special focus on causal, nonlinear and spatial forces...
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Resumen Los autores analizan los cambios de las tareas definitorias (margen intensivo) y de los niveles de empleo (margen extensivo) de las ocupaciones en el Reino Unido de 1997 a 2006 con datos de la Encuesta nacional sobre calificaciones (Skills Survey). Encuentran que las tareas definitorias de las ocupaciones cambiaron significativamente, y que...
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Résumé Les auteurs examinent l'évolution des tâches accomplies par les travailleurs au Royaume‐Uni entre 1997 et 2006, qu'elle soit due à une reconfiguration des professions elles‐mêmes (marge intensive) ou à une variation de leur part respective dans l'emploi (marge extensive). Ils se fondent notamment dans cet examen sur des données de la Skills...
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We analyse employment changes within occupations (intensive margin) as well as between occupations (extensive margin) using the British Skill Survey, which has comparable within-occupation task data for three waves: 1997, 2001 and 2006. First, we find that the task-content of occupations (i.e. the intensive margin) has experienced significant chang...
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This paper provides a novel taxonomy of firms based on specialization versus diversification in production and markets. Firms may choose to specialize on few production activities or alternatively may build expertise in many activities. There is an accompanying decision when firms sell their products: whether to serve few or many markets. We argue...
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This paper investigates the effect of trust on innovation. In addition to generalised trust we use a range of other indicators that could measure trust and investigate which trust related variables could explain innovation in 20 European countries divided into 135 regions. We specifically look at causal, non-linear and spatial forces. Our findings...
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Son yıllarda endüstrileşmiş ülkelerin işgücü piyasalarında üç önemli eğilim ön plana çıkmıştır: (i) hizmetler sektörünün ağırlığı artmış, (ii) meslekler vasıflarına göre sıralandıklarında, düşük ve yüksek vasıflı işlerde istihdam payı artmış (işgücü kutuplaşması), (iii) benzer şekilde düşük ve yüksek vasıflı işlerde ücretlerin görece daha yüksek or...
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A commonly expressed concern is that offshoring of jobs to less developed countries coupled with technological progress may lead to job and wage polarization in developed countries. We use matched firm worker data to assess the impact of globalization processes on labor market outcomes. Females, younger workers and foreign-born workers are more lik...
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Yüksekögretim sisteminin yeniden yapilandirilmasi 2012 yilinin çok tartisilacak konularindan birisi olmaya adaydir. Pek çok üniversite bu konudaki görüslerini, genel yapilanmanin ne sekilde olmasi gerektigi konusunda detayli bilgiler içeren raporlar vasitasiyla açiklamislardir. Bu makale gelecegin üniversite örgütlenmesine üniversite-sanayi iliskil...
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Combining employment data with the British Skill Survey (BSS) –which has comparable within-occupation task data for three waves: 1997, 2001 and 2006– we analyse employment changes between occupations (extensive margin) and within occupations (intensive margin). First, we find that the task-content of occupations (i.e. the intensive margin) has expe...
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Bu makalede üretim parçalanmasi modeli ve ara mali ticaretine dayanan üretim örgütlenmesinin is gücü piyasalarina etkisi tartisilmistir. Ürünlerin, sermayenin, emegin ve fikirlerin serbestçe dolasabildigi günümüz ekonomisi, üretimin küresellesmesine ortam saglamaktadir. Üretimin küresellesmesi, is gücü piyasalarinda dönüsüme neden olmaktadir. Uzman...
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This paper investigates the co-authorship network of star researchers from different disciplines who work on social capital. There has been a recent surge of interest in social capital. Articles on social capital that are published in the last five years constitute more than 60 percent of all articles on social capital. Research on social capital n...
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This paper estimates the risk preferences of cotton farmers in Southern Peru, using the results from a multiple-price-list lottery game. Assuming that preferences conform to two of the leading models of decision under risk--Expected Utility Theory (EUT) and Cumulative Prospect Theory (CPT)--we find strong evidence of moderate risk aversion. Once we...
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This thesis is an in depth investigation of the impact of social capital on socioeconomic outcomes such as innovation, growth and crime. There has been a recent surge in the literature on social economics and social interactions (e.g., Becker and Murphy, 2000; Scheinkman, 2008). Along those lines the concept of social capital has received extensive...
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This paper estimates the risk preferences of cotton farmers in Southern Peru, using the results from a multiple-price-list lottery game. Assuming that preferences conform to two of the leading models of decision under risk--Expected Utility Theory (EUT) and Cumulative Prospect Theory (CPT)--we find strong evidence of moderate risk aversion. Once we...
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This paper investigates the relation between social capital and crime. The analysis contributes to explaining why crime is so heterogeneous across space. By employing current and historical data for Dutch municipalities and by providing novel indicators to measure social capital, we find a link between social capital and crime. Our results suggest...
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This paper investigates the interplay between social capital, innovation and per capita income growth in the European Union. We model and identify innovation as an important mechanism that transforms social capital into higher income levels. In an empirical investigation of 102 European regions in the period 1990-2002, we show that higher innovatio...
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This research investigates the role of social capital and government intervention in explaining the differences of innovation output and economic growth for regions of the European Union from 1990-2002. Using several measures of social capital and innovation, and the European Union’s Objective 1, 2 and 5b figures for EU regional support, the estima...
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In this paper we question the validity of the arguments against Turkey's membership of the EU and challenge the political wisdom of excluding Turkey from Europe. First, we argue that fundamental European values are not as uniform as they are made out to be. There are significant differences among the member states and the different European regions...
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We assess the effectiveness of technology incubators in Turkey in supporting small and new firms. Information on 48 on-incubator and 41 off-incubator firms is gathered through face-to-face interviews to compare and to contrast those that benefit from incubators with those that do not. Our findings indicate differences between on- and off-incubator...
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It is widely accepted that small and new firms are important in creating income and employment. Their flexible structure enables them to adapt quickly to changes in economic environment and technology. The main purpose of this thesis is to evaluate whether the Technology Development Centers (TEKMERs) established by the Small and Medium Size Industr...
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In this study, an attempt is made to compare and contrast the determinants of earnings differentials in Ankara and Istanbul. The determinants of earnings differentials are first examined with semi-logarithmic single equation models based on the basic human capital approach. Secondly, extended models are formed in which all the variables are express...
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There has been a recent surge of interest in social economics and social capital. Articles on social capital that are published in the last five years constitute more than 60 percent of all articles on social capital. Research on social capi tal is now massive and spans sociology, economics, management, political science and health sciences. Despit...

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