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Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in Economics of the Middle East, Brandeis University

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. His current research project is focused on labor market conditions for university graduates in the Middle East. He also maintains a website on issues of underemployment and overeducation in developing countries (

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 25 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 Ph.D. in economics at Michigan State University.

His most recent research projects include a) analysis of the excess supply of college graduates in MENA countries, b) Economic relations between China and the Middle East, c) Long-term economic plans (Visions) in the oil-exporting monarchies of Persian Gulf. He has published a work of fiction about Middle East geopolitics titled: Three Stories One Middle East (2014).


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    Professor of the Economics of the Middle East, Brandeis University