Nader Habibi

Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East in the Crown Center for Middle East Studies

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Office: Lemberg Hall 224
Phone: 781-736-5325
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Areas of research and analysis :
1) Political economy of Middle Eastern countries
2) Regularly conducting research on economic conditions of oil exporting countries of the Middle East
3) Labor market conditions for university graduates in the Middle East region.
4) China-Middle East economic relations.


  • ECON 65b - Governance, Bureaucracy and Economic Development
  • 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
  • Ball State University

Nader Habibi

Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East in the Crown Center for Middle East Studies


Nader Habibi is the Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in the Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Before joining Brandeis University in June 2007, he served as managing director of economic forecasting and risk analysis for Middle East and North Africa in Global Insight Ltd. Mr. Habibi has more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and management positions; including vice-president for research in Iran Banking Institute (Tehran), assistant professor of economics in Bilkent University (Ankara), research fellow and lecturer on political economy of Middle East at Yale University. The author of one book on bureaucratic corruption and several articles in refereed journals; he earned his Masters Degree in Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in economics at Michigan State University. His most recent research projects include a) an analysis of the excess supply of college graduates in Middle Eastern countries, b) impact of economic sanctions on Iranian economy and the impact of Arab Spring uprisings on economic conditions of the affected countries, c) China Middle East economic relations. His latest academic article is titled:
“Preventing Overeducation and Graduate Surplus: What can West Asia Learn From Singapore and Hong Kong”, Asian Education and Development Studies, 2019, Vol. 8, Issue 3.


  • Habibi, Nader and Arnold Kamis. "Reaching for the Stars and Settling for the Moon: Recent Trends in Overeducation of US Workers 2002-2016." Journal of Education and Work (2021). (forthcoming)
  • Habibi, Nader and Hans Zhu. "The Health Silk Road as a New Direction in China's Belt and Road Strategy in Africa." May 2021 (Forthcoming). (forthcoming)
  • Habibi, Nader. ""Prospects for Economic Integration among GCC Countries"." GCC Economies in Transition. Ed. Tarik Yousef and Adel Abdel Ghafar. Doha: Brookings Institute-Doha, 2021 (forthcoming)
  • Habibi, Nader , co-author: Amelia Atalay. "Time to Revitalize Turkey's Diplomatic Initiative towards Armenia." Ahval News January 14, 2021.
  • Habibi, Nader and Hans Zhu. "Private Firms Taking a Lead in China's Health Silk Road Initiative in Africa." International Policy Digest March 11, 2021
  • The Crisis of Overeducation in Iran. Narrator-Presenter Habibi, Nader. Iran Studies Unit, Center for research and Policy Studies, 2020.
  • Habibi, Nader (Joint article with Hans Yue Zhu). "“What CPEC means for China- Middle East Relations” . January 22, 2020, The Diplomat, ,." The Diplomat (2020): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Implications for the Middle East." Seminar, sponsored by the Sustainable International Development Program (Brandeis University). Brandeis University. January 31, 2020.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Persian Gulf and China: The Growth and Limits of Economic Ties." Middle East Brief #139 (2020): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "The Paradox of Iranian "Trump Supporter"." International Policy Digest (2020): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn’t enough – there needs to be a coordinated global strategy." The Conversation (2020): <>.
  • 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 (Joint article with Lydia Begag). "“Women’s Rights Reforms in Saudi Arabia under Mohammed bin Salman”, October 20, 2019, International Policy Digest, Joint article with Lydia Begag,." International Policy Digest (2019): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader, ed. "Preventing Overeducation and Graduate Surplus: What Can West Asian Countries Learn from Singapore and Hong Kong". Emerald Group, Vol. 8, Issue 3 2019.
  • Habibi, Nader, ed. Implementing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030: An Interim Balance Sheet. Waltham: Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2019.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Implementing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030: An Interim Balance Sheet." Middle East Policy Brief Series No. 127 (2019): <>.
  • Habibi, Nader. "Turkey’s Economic Relations with Gulf States in the Shadow of the 2017 Qatar Crisis." Middle East Policy Brief No. 132 (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.