Department of Economics

Portrait of Ömer Özak


Ömer Özak

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Brown University
Umphrey Lee 301R

Ömer Özak joined the Economics Department at Southern Methodist University in 2011. He holds a B.S. in economics (Summa Cum Laude) and an M.S. in mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.

His research focuses on technological change and economic growth, macroeconomics and monetary economics, and international economics. In particular, his research explores the role of geography, technology, and culture on contemporaneous economic development. He additionally has explored the relationship between market imperfections and technological innovation and adoption. His research also examines the dynamics of economies with heterogeneous interacting agents. He has published books/articles on economic growth, mathematics, game theory, monetary theory and the history of economic thought.

Research Interests

Technological Change and Economic Growth, Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, International Economics, and Economies with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents and Economic Complexity.

Courses Taught

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Macroeconomic Theory II, Mathematical Economics, Computational Economics

Selected Publications


  • 2010 Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2008 Umezawa-Stolz Prize for third-year research paper, Brown University.
  • 2005-2010 Graduate School Fellowship, Brown University.
  • 2005 Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • 2005 Prize for Best Undergraduate Thesis 2001-2003, Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Económicas.
  • 2002-2005 Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • 2003 Honorary Member, Grupo de Estudios en Macroeconomía y Política Económica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • 2002 Summa Cum Laude and Honors Degree in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • 2001 Fellowship for Summer School on “Globalization and the New Economy” of the Association for Evolutionary Economics-University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

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