About Sinan Unur

[ Sinan and Cara in Tekirova, Antalya, Turkey ] I am an economist and a developer. I was born in Turkey, but, at this point, I have spent slightly more than half of my life in the United States of America, if you take into account my father's time with the Voice of America in the early 70s.

I am available for consulting opportunities whether they involve custom programming, code review, training, and/or statistical, economic, and econometric analysis. I am a decent Perl programmer with a flexible attitude and I can wrap my mind around most of C and some of C++. I like playing around with other languages as well, and I enjoy exploring Ruby and Pyhton. I have always appreciated JavaScript, and I can navigate the libraries, but I wouldn't consider myself an expert. Throughout my career as an economist, I have ample opportunities to abuse a bunch of packages including SAS, Stata, Gauss, MatLab etc.

I did my undergrad at the Middle East Technical Universtiy where I earned my B.Sc. in Economics. I also have an M.Sc. in Economics from METU with a thesis on Nash implementation of social choice rules, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. My dissertation looked at intra-family transfers using experimental economics methods. These days, most of my work is in economics of health care and involves large private and public health care insurance data sets.

You can find me answering questions related to Perl and other programming topics on Stackoverflow. The outbox is where I put my opinions, analysis and general rants about nothing in particular and everything in general. It is not a blog. I also have couple of blogs: is dedicated solely to economics, national security, and political analysis and commentary. ν42 is focused on programming and information technology topics. I also occasionally blog for O'Reilly.

I am a member of American Economic Association, Economic Science Association, and American Society of Health Economists.

I am working on an online Turkish pronunciation guide to help people master basic Turkish phrases.

I am also always re-arranging my photo album.

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