Mahdi Majbouri received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Southern California in August 2010. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Development and Labor Economics are his main areas of expertise, but his past research covers topics in Finance, Real-estate economics, and Microeconomic theory as well. His work has been published in The Journal of Real Estate Economics and The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. The puzzle of labor force participation of women in the Middle East is the subject of his current research. He also enjoys being an entrepreneur and cooperated in founding and managing two startups with his friends in Iran.