Saffron: Iran’s Pink Gold

It is the harvest season for Saffron. This delicate spice extracted from saffron flowers is one of Iran’s classic agricultural products, mainly planted in Khorasan area in north east of Iran. Iranians use saffron in their cooking, distinguishing their cuisines from their neighbors. Saffron, with pistachio, is one of Iran’s traditional agricultural products.  Saffron is extracted from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus; it takes 75000 blossoms or 225000 hand-picked stigmas to make a single pound which explains. Thus supply is highly restricted and its price is rather high. It is mostly used in gourmets intended for guests. And … Continue reading Saffron: Iran’s Pink Gold

Spill Over Effect of Small Things

This is not a note on either economics or politics. It is more a story. Today I was discussing with a friend about initiative that some Iranian bloggers take and their consequences.  The discussion was not unfamiliar, similar debates are common among friends and acquaintances. Do these initiatives mean anything? I believe any initiative means something and is of some consequence. When I was a freshman student in Sharif University of Technology, Sharif, Industrial Engineering students came together and started publishing a professional, topic-oriented, student run magazine called “Sanaye” or “industries”. It was nothing political or even social. All it … Continue reading Spill Over Effect of Small Things

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

Do Not Even Think About It

If the phrase “very bad idea” would have only one application, it would be partition of Iraq. Even thinking of partition has catastrophic consequences. It provides political parties involved with a new set of motivations to not cooperate with federalism plan and to seek vigorous cleansing programs of their own, if existence of such programs could be acknowledged, to guarantee a strong hand to negotiate a larger slice of land. This would threaten Iraq’s neighbors. Iran would seek means and instruments to protect its western borders and to guarantee its territorial integrity. Turkey would pursue a vigorous policy in its … Continue reading Do Not Even Think About It