Mohammad Reza Farzanegan - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Mohammad Reza Farzanegan

Research Fellows

Full Professor and Chair of Economics of the Middle East Research Group, Marburg University

Areas of Interest:

  • Energy Economics (e.g., political economy of natural resources)
  • Development Economics (e.g., political economy of demographic transition)
  • Political Economy of Sanctions
  • Iran and Middle East


  • Post Doc Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt at TU Dresden & ZEW Mannheim, 2012
  • Dr. rer. pol. Economics, TU Dresden, Germany, (summa cum laude), 2009
  • M.Sc., Energy Economics and Marketing, University of Tehran, 2002


  • Full Professor and Chair of Economics of the Middle East Research Group, Marburg University, Present
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, TU Dresden & ZEW Mannheim, May 2010-May 2012
  • Researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management, ZEW Mannheim, Nov.2009 –May 2010

Latest Publications:

  • Dizaji, S.F., Farzanegan, M.R., Naghavi, A. 2015.  Political institutions and government spending behavior: theory and evidence from Iran. International Tax and Public Finance
  • Bjorvatn, K., Farzanegan, M.R., 2015. Resource rents, balance of power, and political stability. Journal of Peace Research
  • Gholipour, H.F., Farzanegan, M.R., 2015. Marriage crisis and housing costs: Empirical evidence from provinces of Iran. Journal of Policy Modeling
  • Bjorvatn, K., Farzanegan, M.R., forthcoming. Resource rents, balance of power, and political stability. Journal of Peace Research.
  • Farzanegan, M.R., Gholipour, H.F., 2015. Divorce and the cost of housing: Evidence from Iran. Review of Economics of the Household. DOI:
  • Farzanegan, M.R., 2014. Can oil-rich countries encourage entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal 26, 706-725
Working Papers

Oil Revenues Shocks and Inequality in Iran

We study the responses of income inequality to positive per capita oil and gas revenues ... read more

Working Papers

Illegal Trade in the Iranian Economy: Evidence from a Structural Model

Abstract This study investigates the main causes and indicators of smuggling in both import and export sections ... read more


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