Tyranny of numbers

About me (Djavad Salehi-Isfahani)

I attended high school in Neishabour, Iran, and in 1967, after two months at Tehran University (faculty of engineering), I decided to study economics in the UK, using a Central Bank of Iran scholarship. I obtained my BSc (Econ) from the University of London, Queen Mary College (now Queen Mary University) in 1971, and my Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.

I am currently Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum in Cairo (2001-2006), and Research Affiliate at the Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School.

Before coming to Virginia Tech I was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (1977-84).  I have been visiting faculty at the University of Oxford (1991-92), Brookings Institution (2007-08), and Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, Princeton University, spring 2018.  During 2009-2021 I was Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

I currently serve on the board of Directors of the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA), and have served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum (2001-2006), and the Board of the Middle East Economic Association. I was Associate Editor of the ERF journal, Middle East Development Journal (2010-2015).

My research has been in demographic economics, energy economics, and the economics of the Middle East.  You can learn more about my research and other writings from my personal web page.

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