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Call for Papers "Fifth International Conference on Iran’s Economy (2018)"

28 April 2017

The International Iranian Economic Association
Fifth International Conference on Iran’s Economy (2018)
International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 8-9, 2018
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: April 28, 2017
Deadline for Submission of Completed Papers: September 20, 2017

The International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA) is pleased to announce its fifth conference on Iran’s Economy to be held at International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Holland on March 8-9, 2018.
The event follows a series of successful conferences on the Iranian Economy that have been held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2008), University of Southern California (2009), University of Chicago (2010), SOAS (the Inaugural Conference of IIEA, 2011), Bilgi University (2013), Boston College (2014), and Philipps-University of Marburg (2016). As on previous occasions, the purpose of this conference is to showcase the best current research on Iran’s economy and to generate information and encouragement for future high quality research in this area.
All submissions will go through a two-stage review process. In the first stage, the Program Committee reviews the submitted abstracts and selects those that indicate a high chance of yielding high quality papers. The authors of the selected abstracts are invited to submit their full papers by September 20, 2017 for the final selection by the Program Committee.
The criteria for the selection of papers are: (i) focus on Iran’s economy; (ii) quality of work and rigor of the analysis, and (iii) history of the authors’ contributions to research on Iran's economy (this last criterion will not be applied to papers submitted by PhD students and recent graduates). The proposed topics may be in any field of economics/political economy. The Program Committee welcomes both empirical and theoretical papers that use quantitative or analytical narrative methods.

The conference will have limited funds to provide partial financial support for travel and lodging costs of those presenting a paper. Conference fees will be waved for the authors of accepted papers, session chairs, and discussants. Fees will be announced in due course. Both senior and junior scholars as well as economics PhD students are encouraged to submit abstracts by emailing the following documents to
(i) An abstract of the paper being proposed for presentation.
(ii) Short CV(s) of the author(s).
Abstracts should be no more than 2 pages, describing concisely the hypotheses, the data, the methodology, and the potential results and policy implications of the research being conducted. The deadline for abstract submission is April 28, 2017. Decisions on abstracts will be made by May 30, 2017.

Program Committee Chairs:

  • Parvin Alizadeh (Boston University)
  • Kamiar Mohaddes (University of Cambridge)
  • Mehdi Raissi (International Monetary Fund)

Organizing Committee Chairs:

  • Touraj Atabaki (International Institute of Social History)
  • Jacqueline Rutte (International Institute of Social History)

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The International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA) is a private, non-profit, and non-political association of scholars interested in the study of economic issues concerning Iran, in the broadest sense of the term. The
objectives of the IIEA are: (a) Promotion of high standard economic scholarship and research on Iran’s economy; (b) Promotion of cooperation among persons and organizations committed to the objectives of IIEA; (c)
Facilitation of communication among scholars through its webpage, meetings and publications; (d) Promotion of better understanding of Iran’s economic policy challenges and opportunities. The conference is supported by the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands