Murat completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Kamal Saggi in 2003 and joined the Department of Economics at Ryerson University located in Toronto, Canada. He received tenure in 2006, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007, and was promoted to full Professor in 2017. Since 2015, he has been the Graduate Program Director. Prior to starting at SMU, he received his BA degree in economics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Murat's primary research field is international trade. He specializes in using methods from game theory and industrial organization to analyze the reasons why countries form bilateral trade agreements. This allows him to investigate, whether continued formation of bilateral trade agreements will lead to global free trade, and how the formation of bilateral trade agreements affects ongoing global trade negotiations through the World Trade Organization. His research has regularly appeared in leading journals including American Economic Journal: MicroeconomicsAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of International Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, European Economic Review and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.