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​

Panel session on Iran's Manufacturing Industries
and International Sanctions

8th of June 2022

Chair: Ida A Mirzaie (IIEA Board Member and Ohio State University)

Iran’s GDP contracted in the aftermath of intensified sanctions in 2012 and again in 2018. The sanctions also triggered massive currency devaluation, heightened inflation, and other broad shifts in Iran’s economy. The sanctions and their associated shifts along with the responses of the government and firms to them gave rise to a web of interactions that had non-uniform and complex effects on different parts of the economy. This panel explores the major channels through which sanctions and their concomitant events have affected various manufacturing industries in Iran. It also examines the ways Iranian manufacturing firms have responded to those shocks. Specifically, the panel consists of three presentations that address the following topics:

1. “Adapting to Sanctions: Evidence from Firm Response and Market Reallocation in Iran.” In this presentation, Ebad Ebadi (George Washington University) examines the direct, indirect, and heterogeneous impact of US-led international economic sanctions on Iranian manufacturing firms and discusses how the firms adjusted to the sanctions shocks.

2. “Sanctions, Innovation and the Growth of Knowledge-Based Economic Activity in Iran”. This topic is presented by Bijan Khajehpour (Eurasian Nexus Partners) who discusses the impact of sanctions on innovation in Iranian manufacturing companies and shows that the lack of access to foreign technology has compelled Iranian companies to become more innovative in finding alternative and innovative solutions. 

3. “Patterns of Change in Iran’s Manufacturing Industries During a Period of Intensified International Sanctions in 2012-2013.” Under this topic, Hadi S Esfahani (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) argues that the large decline in Iran’s manufacturing output in 2013 had come about largely through sharp reductions in TFP as firms struggled to cope with the multi-facetted and strong shocks to their business environment. Though relative price changes helped production and investment, the bias of investment toward real estate may have been counterproductive.

Previous Webinars​

Keynote talk on "​Sanctions and the Iranian Economy: Measurement and Evidence"
11th of August 2021
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Panel session on Natural Disaster Management in Iran: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
8th of September 2021

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Panel session on Gender and Governance

13th of October 2021

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

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Keynote talk on ​New Approaches to Intergenerational Mobility
8th of December 2021

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Panel session on Export Diversification in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges

12th of January 2022

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Panel session on Climate Change and Iran
9th of February 2022

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Panel session on 
Sanctions and the Iranian Economy

9th of March 2022

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Panel session on 
Transition to Low-Carbon Economy:
Challenges & Policy Responses of OPEC Countries

13th of April 2022

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Panel session on 

Challenges and Joys of Teaching Economics in Iran
11th of May 2022

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Panel session on Iran's Manufacturing Industries

and International Sanctions
8th of June 2022

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