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Mahdi Majbouri

Research Fellows

Associate Professor, Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Areas of Interest:

  • Labor and Human Resources
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Institutions


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Southern California, 2010
  • MA, Business Administration, Sharif University of Technology, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2002


  • Associate Professor, Economics Division Babson College, September 2017- present
  • Assistant Professor at Babson College between 2010 and 2016
  • Research Assistant University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Sept. 2005 – May 2008
  • Editorial Assistant for this Scholarly Journal, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 2007 – Sept. 2008

Latest Publications:

  • “Oil and Entrepreneurship,” Energy Policy (2016), Vol. 94: 10-15. (Impact factor: 4.04)
  • “Oil, Laws, and Female Labor Force Participation,” International Advances in Economic Research (2017), 23(1): 91-106 (Acceptance rate: 10-20%; source: Cabell’s)
  • “Income Mobility and the Arab Spring: The Case of Egypt and Jordan,” Applied Economics Letters (2017), 24(15): 1070-1074. (Impact factor: 0.504)
  • “Iran’s Multi-ethnic Mosaic: A 23-Year Perspective,” with Sanaz Fesharaki, Social Indicators Research (forthcoming; first online: 2017). (Impact factor: 1.648)
  • “Twins, Family Size, and Female Labor Force Participation in Iran,” Applied Economics (forthcoming; first online: 2018). (Impact factor: 0.750)
  • “Against the Wind: Labor Force Participation of Women and Economic Instability in Iran,” forthcoming in Feminist Economics, published online on April 11, 2016


Working Papers

The Weight of History: A Natural Experiment in Higher Education

Using a Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD) and publicly available datasets, this study measures the effect ... read more

Working Papers

Sir! I’d Rather Go to School, Sir!

Conscription is a popular method of army recruitment for governments of developing countries that are ... read more

Working Papers

Twins, Family Size, and Female Labor Force Participation in Iran

Despite the rapid rise of women’s education and the fall of their fertility rates in ... read more

Working Papers

Estimating the Income Counterfactual for Oil Producing Countries of The MENA Region

How much richer would oil producing countries in the Middle East be if they invested ... read more


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