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Iran's Post-Sanctions Economic Challenges and Opportunities

  • USC . Roland Tutor Campus Center (TCC) . 227 3607 Trousdale Pkwy Los Angeles, Ca, 90089 (map)

We're very proud to host Dr. Hashem Pesaran as our Lecturer this semester. He will deliver his assessment of the current situation of Iran's economy and its prospects following the headline-making nuclear deal. The current economic embargo is expected to be eased in the upcoming year, so Professor Pesaran’s lecture will be a necessary and timely addition to the discourse surrounding the potentialities and opportunities lying ahead of an economy some call the largest untouched emerging market in world today. 

This talk is part of our Lecture Series, in which we invite Iranian academics and scholars to USC campus every semester to give a talk about their discipline. Refreshments will be served. 

Friday, December 4th, 5:30 pm
University of Southern California, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
The Rosen Family Screening Theatre (TCC 227)
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

By Dr. Hashem Pesaran

Posted by PACSA on Friday, December 4, 2015

About Dr. M Hashem Pesaran

Dr. M Hashem Pesaran was born in Shiraz, Iran. He got his school diploma from Nemazi School in Shiraz and left for England for further studies on a scholarship from Bank Markazi Iran in November 1964. He received his BSs in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Salford (England) and his PhD in Economics at Cambridge University. Currently, he is an emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, the John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics at the University of Southern California, and a Professorial Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Previously, he was head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran (1974-76) and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education (1976-78), Iran. He has also been a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Applied Econometrics Program at UCLA (1989-93), and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California, where he served as the Director of USC College Institute for Economic Policy Research over the period October 2004 to April 2006. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Salford in 1993, and by the University of Goethe, Frankfurt in 2008. He is the recipient of the 1990 George Sell Prize from The Institute of Petroleum, London, the 1992 Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal for the years 1990 and 1991, the joint recipient of the Econometric Reviews Best Paper Award 2002-2004 for his paper on Long Run Structural Modelling, and the joint recipient of the Best Paper Award 2004-2005 for his paper in the International Journal of Forecasting. Dr Pesaran is the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and a co-developer of Microfit, an econometric software package published by Oxford University Press. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum for Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, and has served as a member of the World Bank's Council of Advisers for the Middle East and North Africa, 1996-2000.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Farhang Foundation. (

Earlier Event: November 22
Fourth Annual PACSA Celebration Night