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Economic Welfare and Inequality in Iran

Developments since the Revolution

  • Mohammad Reza Farzanegan
  • Pooya Alaedini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, Pooya Alaedini
    Pages 1-13
  3. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, Hassan F. Gholipour, Jeremy Nguyen
    Pages 111-128
  4. Nadereh Chamlou
    Pages 129-153
  5. Majid Koosheshi, Pooya Alaedini
    Pages 155-184
  6. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, Mohammad Mohammadi Khabbazan, Hossein Sadeghi
    Pages 185-211
  7. Mohammad Mohammadi Khabbazan, Mohammad Reza Farzanegan
    Pages 213-232
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-237

About this book


This book examines economic inequality and social disparity in Iran, together with their drivers, over the past four decades. During this period, income distribution and economic welfare were affected by the 1979 Revolution, the eight-year war with Iraq, post-war privatization and economic liberalization initiatives carried out under the Rafsanjani and Khatami administrations, the ascendance of a populist economic platform under the Ahmadinejad administration, and the lifting of energy and financial sanctions under the Rouhani administration. Featuring a mix of scholars, including Iranian academics who experienced these changes and are publishing in English for the first time, this collection offers quantitative and descriptive studies of the country's post-revolutionary economic development and disparities. In most chapters, a hypothesis is developed from existing theories or observations, which is then tested using available data. This unique combination of new voices, academic as well as personal experiences, and scientific methods will be a valuable addition to the library of the scholars of modern Iran’s economy and society.


sanctions household poverty welfare middle class demographic transition political institutions oil rent

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Reza Farzanegan
    • 1
  • Pooya Alaedini
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Business & EconomicsPhilipps-Universität MarburgMarbugGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social Planning, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TehranTehranIran

About the editors

Mohammad Reza Farzanegan is Professor of Economics of the Middle East at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He is affiliated with MACIE (Marburg), CESifo (Munich) and ERF (Cairo). His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Peace Research, International Tax and Public Finance, and World Development.

Pooya Alaedini is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Planning, University of Tehran, Iran. He has served as an international development consultant for UN agencies, the World Bank, and national organizations. His research has focused on major urban, regional, and social disparity issues as well as evaluation of development programs.


Hamid Reza Ashrafzadeh, Institute for Trade Studies and Research, Iran
Mitra Babapour, Freelance Researcher, Iran
Nadereh Chamlou, International Development Adviser, USA
Sajjad Faraji Dizaji, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
Hassan F. Gholipour, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Mohamad Mohammadi Khabbazan, University of Hamburg, Germany
Majid Koosheshi, University of Tehran, Iran
Jeremy Nguyen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Hossein Raghfar, Alzahra University, Iran
Hossein Sadeghi, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

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