Djavad Salehi-Isfahani - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

Research Fellows

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Areas of Interest:

  • Development Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Energy


  • Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, 1977
  • M.A., Economics, Harvard University, 1974


  • Professor, Department of Economics, Virginia Tech, 2001-present
  • Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Non-resident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, the Brookings
    Institution 2009-Present
  • Research Associate, Dubai Initiative, John F. Kennedy School of Government,
    Harvard University
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Research in Planning and Development, Tehran, Iran, Jan.2001-Aug.2001
  • Chair, Department of Economics, Virginia Tech, 1996-2000

Latest Publications:

  • “Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa,” The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, in S N. Durlauf and L. E. Blume (Eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, March 2016.
  • “The reform of energy subsidies in Iran: the role of cash transfers,” with Bryce Stucki and Joshua Deutschmann, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 51(6), 1144-1162, 2015.
  • “Inequality of opportunity in educational achievement in the Middle East and North Africa,” with Nadia Belhaj-Hassine and Ragui Assaad, Journal of Economic Inequality, 12(4) 489-515, 2014.
  • “Rethinking human development in the Middle East and North Africa: The Missing
    Dimensions,” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 14(3), 341-370, 2013.
  • “Inequality of opportunity in child health in the Arab World and Turkey,” with R. Assaad,
    C. Kraft, N. Belhaj-Hassine, Middle East Development Journal, 4(2), pp. 3-40, 2012.
  • “From Health Service Delivery to Family Planning: The Changing Impact of Health
    Clinics on Fertility in Rural Iran,” with Ali Hashemi, Economic Development and Cultural
    Change, 61(2), 281-309, 2013.




Working Papers

Education and the Allocation of Time of Married Women in Iran

In the past two decades Iranian women have become much better educated and reduced their ... read more

Working Papers

Cash Transfers and Labor Supply: Evidence from A Large-Scale Program in Iran

We study the impact of a nation-wide unconditional cash transfer program on labor supply in ... read more

Working Papers

Inequality of Opportunity in Wages and Consumption in Egypt

We provide in this paper measures of inequality of opportunity of wages and consumption for ... read more

Policy Perspectives

Iran’s Subsidy Reform from Promise to Disappointment

In December 2010, Iran implemented an ambitious subsidy reform program for energy and bread. Prices ... read more

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