Research


Job Market Paper: Labor versus Capital in the Provision of Public Services: Estimating the Marginal Products of Inputs in the Production of Student Outcomes” (Job Market Paper).


Grant:
  1. The Economic Research Forum (Egypt), $5,000 (PI): “The role of fiscal policies in fighting poverty and reducing inequality in Iran with a focus on Energy subsidies reform: An application of Commitment to Equity (CEQ) framework”.


Other outside funding:
  1. Global Development Network: $5,000 (Jun. 2017– Oct. 2018)

  2. Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University: $4,000 (Academic Year:  2017–18)

  3. PhD Scholarship, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University: $1,500 (Academic Year:  2015–16)


Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
  1. Does Unrestricted Public School Choice Increase Racial Segregation? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in New Orleans”; Applied Economics Quarterly; Forthcoming.

  2. Do Government Subsidies to Low-income Individuals Affect Interstate Migration? Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Care Reform”; with James Alm; Regional Science and Urban Economics; 66; 119-131; 2017.

  3. “Balancing The Ticket While Appealing to the Base: The Game Theory Behind Mitt Romney's Selection of Paul Ryan as his Presidential Running Mate”; with Thomas P. Krumel Jr.; Party Politics; 23 (5); 498-506; 2017 (First published online: September 23, 2015).

  4. “Do Refugee-Immigrants Affect International Trade? Evidence from the World’s Largest Refugee Case”; with Sucharita Ghosh; Journal of Policy Modeling; 37 (2); 291-307; 2015. 


Book Chapters:
  1. “Measuring the Effectiveness of Taxes and Transfers in Fighting Inequality and Poverty”; A chapter in Nora Lustig (Ed.) “Commitment to Equity Handbook. A Guide to Estimating the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty”; Brookings Institution Press and CEQ Institute, Tulane University; Forthcoming.

  2. Iran: An Application of the CEQ Effectiveness Indicators”; Ibid.

  3. Measuring the Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Transfers in the Presence of Reranking”; Ibid.

  4. Analytic Foundations: Measuring the Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Transfers”; with Nora Lustig and Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar; Ibid.


Other Publications:
  1. Inflation and the Erosion of the Poverty Reduction Impact of Iran’s Universal Cash Transfer”. CEQ WP 68. April 2018.

  2. The Role of Fiscal Policy in Fighting Poverty and Reducing Inequality in Iran (An Application of the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Framework)”; with Nora Lustig and Alireza Taqdiri; Economic Research Forum (Egypt) working paper series; No. 1020; July 2016.

  3. “Determinants of Child Mortality in Africa: A Methodological Discussion”; January 2016; Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2711757 

  4. “The Effect of In Utero Exposure to Asian Flu (1957-58) on Future Earnings”; January 2016; Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2711764  

  5. “Pairing with an extreme running mate helps moderate presidential candidates to appeal to more voters”; USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science; 2015. 

  6. “The Effect of Oil Revenue on Consumption Expenditure in Iran”; Proceedings of the 43rd annual conference of MCRSA; Bloomington, Minnesota; June 6-8, 2012.


Working Papers:
  1. Labor versus Capital in the Provision of Public Services: Estimating the Marginal Products of Inputs in the Production of Student Outcomes” Tulane working paper. September 2017 (Job Market Paper).

  2. The Theoretic Argument for a Brokered Convention: Examining the Strategies and Best Response Function for the Republican Party in the 2016 Presidential Election”; with Thomas P. Krumel Jr.


Invited Talks:
  1. MENA Chief Economist Office Seminar Series at The World Bank; Washington D.C. June 28, 2017.

  2. Guest Seminar at the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund; Washington D.C. June 27, 2017.

  3. CEQ-IDB Workshop on Equity of Public Expenditure at the Inter-American Development Bank; Washington D.C. June 26, 2017.

  4. Learning Event on the Commitment to Equity Methodology at The World Bank; Washington D.C.; February and July 2016.


Conference Presentations:
  1. 87th annual conference of the Southern Economic Association; Tampa, FL; November 17-19, 2017.

  2. 7th meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ); New York City; July 17-19, 2017.

  3. Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Colloquium, Institute for Humane Studies at George Masson University; Fairfax, VA; November 13-15, 2015.

  4. The 49th annual meeting of the Missouri Valley Economic Association (MVEA); Memphis, Tennessee; October 25-27, 2012.

  5. The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA); Bloomington, Minnesota; June 6-8, 2012.