Nader Habibi

Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East, in the Crown Center, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics

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Office: Lemberg Hall Crown-226
Phone: 781-736-5325
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  • ECON 80a - Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 122b - The Economics of the Middle East
  • HS 289f - Sustainable Economic Development Strategies
  • HS 290a - Economic Analysis for Managers


  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan State University

Nader Habibi

Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East, in the Crown Center, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics



  • Habibi, Nader, ed. "Preventing Overeducation and Graduate Surplus: What Can West Asian Countries Learn from Singapore and Hong Kong". Emerald Group, 2019. (forthcoming)
  • Habibi, Nader (Joint article with co-author Eric Lob ). "The Politics of Development and Security in Iran’s Border Provinces." The Middle East Journal 73. 1 (2019).
  • Habibi, Nader, ed. Implementing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030: An Interim Balance Sheet. Waltham: Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2019.
  • Habibi, Nader (Co-author: G. K. Haddad). "Decomposition of Cohort, Age and Time Effects in Iranian Households' Cigarette Consumption." Journal of Economic Studies (2018).
  • Habibi, Nader, ed. Iranian Economy Two Years after the Nuclear Agreement. Waltham: Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2018.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Backlash Over Khashoggi's Murder Could Have Unintended Consequences for Saudi Arabia." World politics Review (2018): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Can Erdogan's New Powers Help Fix Turkey's Economy." The National Interest (2018).
  • Habibi, Nader. "Prospects for Economic Integration in the Levant." The Levant: From Ancient Gateway to Modern Chaos. Ed. Mustafa Aydin. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2018. 128-155.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Success of BRI in Africa good for Europe." China Daily 09/20/2018
  • Habibi, Nader. Can tiny Qatar keep defying its powerful neighbors? It may be up to Washington.. June 15, 2017. The Conversation online journal. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. How Turkey and Saudi Arabia became frenemies - and why the khashoggi case could change that?. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Iranian Voter's Economic Gloom may Doom President Rouhani's Reelection Bid. May 8, 2017. The Conversation (online journal). <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Qatar's $15 billion snub of Trump over Turkey puts another key US relationship in the Middle East at risk. 08/27/2018. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Rouhani vs. the IRGC Economy. September 13, 2017. Muftah. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. The Foreign policy implications of kuwait's Vision 2035: Closer Economic Ties with Iran and Iraq. 6/4/2018. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Why Iran's Protests Matter This Time. January 8, 2018. The Conversation. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Will Iran Benefit from Lack of Coordination in Trump Administration's Multiple Sanctions?. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader, Fatma El-Hamidi. "Why Are Egyptian Youth Burning Their University Diplomas?." Middle East Policy Brief Series 102 (2017): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader, G.K.Haddad. "Why the Youth Are So Eager for Academic Education? Evidence from Iran's Labor Market." Journal of Economic Studies 44. 3 (2017): Forthcoming.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Higher Education Policies and Overeducation Crisis in Turkey." European Journal of Higher Education 7. 2 (2017): 1-10.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Higher Education Policies and the Emerging Overeducation Crisis in the Middle East." Center for International and Regional Studies (Doha, Qatar). February 19, 2017.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Overeducation Crisis in the Middle East." Department of Middle Eastern Studies , Brigham Young University, Provo , Utah. October 3, 2016.
  • Habibi, Nader, Co-authored with Harith al-Qarawi. "Russian cooperation with Iran and Iraq has broader consequences than saving Assad." October 16, 2015
  • Habibi, Nader. "Ahmadinejad Presidency and the Future of Iran's Economy." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (2016): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Has the Economy Lost Its Influence on Turkey's Foreign Policy." The US News and World Report (2016): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Job Markets in Turkey Face a Tsunami of University Graduates." (2016): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Oil and Gas in the Economies of the Middle East." Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd Edition. 2nd Edition ed. 2016.
  • Habibi, Nader. "“Vertical Mismatch Incidents and Wage Consequences in Low-Skill Jobs in Iran”." INternational Labor Review Spring 2017 (Fortcoming) Approved for publication: January 2016. (2016).
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  • Habibi, Nader. "Focus on College Affordability Obscures a Real Problem: We are Overeducated.." Conversastion (2015): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Grand Bargaion in Yemen, Iraq Latest Sign of Iran-Saudi Thaw." World Politics Review October 10, 2014: politics 3-4.
  • Habibi, Nader. "How Ahmadinejad Changed Iran's Economy." Journal of Developing Areas 49. Winter 2015 (2015).
  • Habibi, Nader. "How Turkey Can Save Its Preferential Treatment with Iran?." Huriyett Daily (Turkish Newspaper) March 22, 2015
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iran's Overeducation Crisis: Causes and Ramifications." Middle East Brief Series 89 (2015): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iran's Rouhani Stokes Domestic Backlash With Attack on Critics." Workd Politics Review August 18, 2014: Politics 4-5.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iran’s Frozen Funds: How Much Is Really There and How Will They Be Used?." (2015): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Is Saudi Arabia Training Too Many University Graduates?." World University News (2015): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Tensions Rise Between Rouhani and Iran's Powerful Revolutionary Guard." World Politics Review December 9, 2014: Politics 12-13.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Turkey’s Dizi Industry Deserves More Attention." (2015): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader Joint paper with Seyed Moaven Razavi.. "DECOMPOSITION OF GENDER WAGE DIFFERENTIALS IN IRAN: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY BASED ON HOUSEHOLD SURVEY DATA." Journal of Developing Areas 48. 2 (2014): 20.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Economic Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." Crown Center Working Paper 5 (2014)
  • Habibi, Nader. "Economy of Iran in Shadow of Sanctions." Iran in the Global Economy: The Economics of Populism and Reform. Ed. Parvin Alizadeh and Hassan Hakimian. London: Routledge Publishing, 2014. 172-198.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iran’s Economic Nightmare." National Interest (2014).
  • Habibi, Nader. "The Iranian Connection in Turkey's Corruption Scandal." IranMatters (2014): <’s-corruption-scandal>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Wage Discrimination against Women in Iran." Iran in the Global Economy: The Economics of Populism and Reform. 1 ed. Ed. Parvin Alizadeh and Hassan Hakimian. London: Rutledge Publications, 2014. 199-215.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Will OPEC Respond to a Rise of Iran's Oil Output?." IranMatters (2014): <’s-oil-output>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Three Stories One Middle East. Waltham: Self-published, 2014.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Economic Crisis First Order of Business for Iran's Rowhani." World politics Review June 18, 2013
  • Habibi, Nader. "Economic Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." Middle East Brief Series 74 (2013): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Growing Economic Relations Between the GCC and Chindia." The Future of South-South Economic Relations. 1 ed. Ed. A Najam and R Thrasher. Zed Books, 2013. 15.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Role of Geopolitics in Import Shares of Leading Trade Partners in GCC Import Markets." Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development 34. 1 (2013): 33-62.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Sanction Relief: How far does the Geneva deal go?." (2013): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Turkey and Iran: Growing Economic Relations Despite Western Sanctions." Middle East Briefs series No. 62 (2013): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader / Farholah Bagheri. "A Comparative Study of Market Institutions and Economic Attitudes in Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States." Journal of International Business and Economics Vol. 11. No. 1 (2012).
  • Habibi, Nader. "Economic Clouds Darken Turkey’s Diplomatic Horizon in Middle East." World Politics Review (2012): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Growth in economic relations of China and India with the GCC countries." Asia-Pacific Economic Literature Vol. 25. Issue 2 (2012): 52-67.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Is Iran’s Economy Growing ? An Assessment of the IMF’s 2011 Report on Iran." Middle East Brief Series No. 57 (2012): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "The Economic Agendas and Expected Economic Policies in Egypt and Tunisia." Middle East Brief Series No. 67. (2012): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Ties with Russia, China Constrain Turkey’s Options on Syria." World Politics Review (2012): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader and Joshua w. Walker. "Turkey's Grand Miscalculation on Libya." Boston Globe march 6, 2011
  • Habibi, Nader / Joshua Walker. "What is Driving Turkey’s Re-engagement with the Arab World." Middle East Brief Series Bo. 49 (2011): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. ""GCC-Chindia Economic Relations" Final revision submitted January 2011, expected publication date: April or May 2011." South-South Economic Relations. January 2011 ed. Ed. Adil Anjum. Boston: Pardee Center for Long Term Studies (Boston University), 2011. 16 pages.
  • Habibi, Nader. "GCC States’ Import Demand: The Effects of Geopolitics." Crown Paper Series No. 6 (2011): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Price Subsidy Reform, Iranian Style." Majalla March 7,2011
  • Habibi, Nader. The Dynamics of Tunisia’s Street Revolution. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "The survival and success of Dubai crucial for Mideast." Gulf Times (Qatar) 12/13/2009
  • Habibi, Nader. "“Impact of Sanctions on Iran-GCC Economic Relations”." Middle East Brief Series, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, November 2010, No. 45 November 2010,. No. 45 (2010): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. Iran's Protest Movement Must Prepare for the Morning After. 12/29/2009. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. To Sign or Not to Sign an Open Letter of Protest. 1/10/2010. <>.
  • Habibi, Nader and Eckart Woertz. "US-Arab Economic Relations and the Obama Administration." Middle East Brief (Also jointly published as a Gulf Research Center Policy Report) 34 (2009): 7 <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Dubai¹s Economic Crisis: How serious is it and who will be affected by it?." Middle East Times ( 12/7/2009.
  • Habibi, Nader. "The impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Arab Countries: A Year-End Assessment." Middle East Brief 40 (2009): 9 <>.
  • Habibi, Nader /Eckart Woertz. "Gulf states need a more co-ordinated response." National (UAE) 10/19/2008: Business 1.
  • Habibi, Nader. ""Economic Divide Among Arab Countries." Gulf News ( November 13, 2007: Business 1.
  • Habibi, Nader. ""High Oil Prices May not be an Incentive for Gulf States to Dig Deeper"." Gulf News ( March 1, 2008: Business 1.
  • Habibi, Nader. "$100 oil by 2008? Maybe Not!." Energy Bulletin October 14, 2007: Feature article 1.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Can Iran-GCC Economic Ties Survive U.S. Pressures?." Middle East Times 7/23/2008: politic
  • Habibi, Nader. "GCC-Asia Investment Relations." 12/15/2008.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iran's Privatization Effort." International Herald Tribune 8/12/2008: Letters/opinio
  • Habibi, Nader. "Iranian Economy in the Shadow of Economic Sanctions." Middle East Brief 31 (2008): 7 <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Managing the Oil Wealth: Foreign Assets of GCC Countries." Crown Paper 1. 1 (2008): 44 <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "The Tragic Conditions of Iraqi Christians." Arab News Online January 11, 2008: Feature
  • Habibi, Nader. "Time for a Fair Minimum Wage Policy in the GCC." Middle East Times 8/21/2008
  • Habibi, Nader. ""Saudis at the Negotiating Table"." Boston Globe August 17, 2007: Opinion Page 1.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Foreign Assets of Oil Exporting Countries." Brandeis at the Berkshire. Berkshire MA. July 3-8 2007.