Seven Ağır is an Assistant Professor at Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University. Her research interests lie in the historical development of economic institutions in the Middle East, with special focus on the Ottoman Empire. In her dissertation, she focused on Ottoman and Castilian provisioning policies and how they changed in the second half of the eighteenth century. Currently, she is working on the evolution of Ottoman property rights and asset markets in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is particularly interested in the relationship between legal and organizational forms of business enterprises; their interrelations with social, political, and cultural factors; and their implications for economic development in the region. Ağır holds a Ph. D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an M.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University. She published several articles on Ottoman political economy with a comparative focus on the Spanish case.