Mahdi Majbouri is an assistant professor of economics at
Babson College. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Southern
California in August 2010. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA
from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. In the undergraduate
program, he has taught Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, and Business and
Economic Policy in Developing Countries. Managerial Economics for the evening
MBA and the Blended Learning programs are the courses he taught at the graduate
His expertise is broadly in two related fields: the microeconomics
of developing countries, and the economics of entrepreneurship. But he is
focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and specifically on
the income mobility, dynamics of poverty, labor markets, gender issues, entrepreneurship,
education, and the impacts of oil and gas at the micro level. His research is
empirical and extensively employs applied econometrics methods, such as
structural, non-parametric, longitudinal, and time series econometrics.
He is a member of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Team USA, and has participated in co-authoring the GEM United States annual reports since 2011. He is the treasurer for Middle East Economic Association (MEEA) and a research associate of Economic Research Forum (ERF), a community of scientists and policy makers doing high-impact research on the MENA region. His past research has been published in Feminist Economics, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, The Journal of Real Estate Economics, and Resources Policy.