Baran Siyahhan

Staff portrait: Baran Siyahhan

Baran Siyahhan is Assistant Professor at the Department and is located in building 2622(C), office 104.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
I have been employed at the University (initially the former ASB) since August 2010.

What is your background?
I completed my BSc in Business Administration (Middle East Technical University) and MSc in Finance (Bilkent University) in Turkey. I then obtained my PhD in Finance from the Vienna Graduate School of Finance in 2010.

What are your main areas of research?
My main research areas are corporate finance, industrial organization and real options. The central theme in my research is often the interaction between the product market dynamics, including industry structure, strategic competition and also macroeconomic forces and the firm’s investment and financing choices. I also enjoy “reaching out” to other fields (of course remaining mainly in the realm of economics) and look at some of the research questions with a different perspective or methodology.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
Oddly enough for a person sitting in the finance wing, my current projects deal with aspects of labor economics and economics of innovation. In one paper, my co-author and I look into the human capital investments of R&D-intensive firms and analyze how cross-sectional differences drive firms’ investment and the implications for the firm risk. In another project, we address the emigration of skilled labor: how does the option to emigrate to another country affect the education choice? Does emigration necessarily lead to brain drain in the country of origin?

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I teach Corporate Valuation in the Fall semester and International Business Finance in the Spring term. Both are courses offered in the Finance and International Business programme.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I am scheduled to give a seminar at VU Amsterdam in May.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
I’m not expecting any visitors personally, but we do have visitors coming in for seminars, and I invited a couple of researchers that I hope to find some time to talk to.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
No, I’m not cooperating with anyone outside the Department at the moment.

What do you do when you are not at work?
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife following concerts and movies. And once we come out of the ice age again, I plan to travel around Denmark a bit.

Supplementary question: What is your Facebook status at the moment? (asked by Marcel Turkensteen)
I don't have anything in my facebook status at the moment, but I guess it could have read something like "back into the ice age".

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