International Iranian Economic Association
Monthly Webinar Series

We are pleased to host a monthly webinar series, a combination of Keynote talks and panel sessions, on the second Wednesday of each month at the following times: 08.00 LA time | 11.00 Washington DC time | 16.00 London time | 19.30 Tehran time.

To attend our webinar series, please register here

Upcoming Webinars​

Keynote talk on "​New Approaches to Intergenerational Mobility"
th of December 2021


Chair: Djavad Salehi-Isfahani (Virginia Tech & IIEA Board Member)

Speaker: Esfandiar Maasoumi (Emory University)

Panel session on Export Diversification in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges

12th of January 2022

The share of non-oil exports in Iran’s aggregate exports has been gradually increasing over the last few decades. On the eve of the revolution, the CBI data suggest, only about 3% of Iran’s exports were made of non-oil products. By 2018, this share increased to about 40%. Laudati and Pesaran (2021) suggest that this share has increased even more in 2019, exceeding 55%. Though part of this increase may be caused by sanctions, it illustrates that Iran’s economy is well capable of diversifying its exports. We examine the underlying forces behind export diversification in oil-rich countries, including Iran, and we explore what may hinder such developments.

Chair: Saleh Sahabeh Tabrizy, University of Oklahoma

Speakers: Mostafa Beshkar (Indiana University), Daria Taglioni (World Bank), and Eric Werker (Simon Fraser University)

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Previous Webinars​

Keynote talk on "​Sanctions and the Iranian Economy: Measurement and Evidence"
11th of August 2021

Chair: Massoud Karshenas (President of IIEA & SOAS, University of London)

Speaker: M. Hashem Pesaran (USC & Trinity College, Cambridge)

Moderator: by Kamiar Mohaddes (Executive Secretary of IIEA & University of Cambridge)

Paper: you can download the paper here.

Panel session on "Natural Disaster Management in Iran: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue"
8th of September 2021















Chair: Mohammad Reza Farzanegan (Philipps-Universität Marburg & IIEA Board Member)

This panel focuses on the following three topics:


Post-Disaster Reconstruction Processes in Iran: The Challenges of Implementation, Farnaz Arefian (Silk Cities)

Reconstruction Challenges in Post-disaster Kermanshah Province, Pooya Alaedini (University of Tehran)

Health System Resilience for Flood in Iran: Lessons Learnt and Challenges Faced, Abbas Ostadtaghizadeh (University of Tehran)


Panel session on "Gender and Governance"

13th of October 2021

Gender inequality impacts a range of economic outcomes and the quality of growth and development. Leading researchers, international organizations, and think tanks have delved into cross-country analysis to estimate the cost of gender discrimination on economic growth, income inequality, firm performance, export diversification, quality of governance, to name a few. This panel introduces and discusses the methodology and results of two recent publications on the "Gender and the Quality of Governance" and the "Cost of Violence Against Women", including findings related to Iran.

ChairNadereh Chamlou (IIEA Board Member)

Speaker: Augusto Lopez-Claros (Executive Director of the Global Governance Forum)

Discussants: Hadi Salehi Esfahani (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Massoud Karshenas (President of IIEA & SOAS, University of London)

Panel session on "Social Policy in Iran"10th of November 2021

The past four decades have seen various formulations of Iran’s post-revolutionary social justice agenda. Despite some achievements, many old challenges remain in areas such as inequality, providing access to social services and housing, creating employment opportunities and reducing poverty. Heated debates among candidates for the 2021 presidential elections were a witness to their significance. This panel focuses on major issues facing various social policy components and institutions in Iran. Speakers include three contributors to the forthcoming edited volume (by Pooya Alaedini), Social Policy in Iran: Main Components and Institutions , which is to appear under the Series, ‘Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa’ edited by Hassan Hakimian.

Chair: Hassan Hakimian (HBKU, SOAS & IIEA Board Member)

Speakers: Pooya Alaedini (University of Tehran), Davood Souri (Economic Policy Advisor, Tehran), and Behrouz Hady Zonooz (Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran)

Discussant: Mahmoud Messkoub (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)