Massoud Karshenas - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Massoud Karshenas

Research Fellows

Professor of Economics, University of London

Areas of Interest:

  • Development Economics and Growth
  • Labor Economics


  • Ph.D., Economics, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK, 1988
  • M.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics, UK, 1977


  • Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, 2003-present
  • Professor of Development Economics, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 2004-2006
  • Department Chair, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, 2002-2003

Latest Publications:

  • Karshenas, M. and V.M. Moghadam, Social Policy in the Middle East: Economic, Political and Gender Dynamics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan publishers, 2006, ISBN 978-1-4039-4165-7.
  • Karshensa, M. and H. Hakimian, ‘Oil, Economic Diversification and the Democratic Process in Iran’, Iranian Studies, March 2005, no.1 vol.38, pp.1-24.
  • Karshenas, M. Global poverty estimates and the millennium goals: Towards a unified framework, Employment Strategy Papers, ILO, Geneva, 2004/5, ISBN 92-2-115553-3.
Working Papers

Relative Prices and the International Comparison of Real Agricultural Output and Productivity

This article reviews the different methods of constructing multilateral output and productivity indices for agriculture ... read more

Working Papers

Measurement and Nature of Absolute Poverty in Least Development Countries

This paper provides new national accounts consistent poverty estimates for low-income countries. The paper compares ... read more

Working Papers

Structural Adjustment and Employment in the Middle East and North Africa

Abstract Since the 1980s, the majority of countries in the MENA region facing severe exchange shortages ... read more

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Economic Liberalization, Competitiveness and Women’s Employment

Abstract This paper investigates the relation between female labor force participation rates and wage competitiveness in ... read more


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