Last week Iranians went to cast their votes to elect the members city councils and the members of House of Experts[1].  The process was anything but doll. Still fresh from their victory in 2005 President Ahmadinegad’s supporters hoped to win the majority of councils nationwide and the seats of Tehran’s council.  Since President Ahmadinegad’s rise to power had begun by becoming the mayor of Tehran, he and his supporters also wanted to block the road for potential presidential candidates; including present Mayor: Mr. Ghalibaf, a conservative technocrat who happens to be a former General of Revolutionary Guards and an aviator. … Continue reading

Not Many Hail Privatization

Living in a foreign land as an Iranian obliges one to answer questions asked by curious people and to think about his or her identity as an Iranian and Iran even more. Those who ask questions often do so with innocence of naivety and no matter how awkward the question is one can always appreciate their effort to reach out to understand.As a student of economics I have been asked several times about the reasons behind under-development of Iran and its economic problems. I often find that the questions are posed by those who already have assumed Iran’s economic problems … Continue reading Not Many Hail Privatization

My First Paper in Industrial Organization

hen I started this blog I thought not to share too personal things. However this is an exception. My first paper in industrial organization with my advisor John Heywood is accepted for publication and now is in press. It is titled: “Mixed Oligopoly in a Single International Market.” Here is its abstract: It departs from previous literature by considering a mixed oligopoly with two countries each with public and private firms competing in a single market. This differs from the traditional framework of examining a single domestic market in which foreign and domestic firms compete and is motivated, in part, … Continue reading My First Paper in Industrial Organization