Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech University

Field: Economics
Interests: Family and society
In Residence: Jan. - May 2018

Djavad Salehi‐Isfahani is a professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. During his time at the Center, he worked on an empirical study of the transformation of Iran’s family and society after the Islamic Revolution, based on 20 years of field and archival research and economic analysis. It shows that, contrary to common perceptions, Iran has modernized significantly in terms of women’s education and their family role, while the middle class has expanded to form a population majority. The book attributes these developments to unintended consequences of the populist policies of the Islamic Republic. Prof. Salehi-Isfahani presented two public lectures while here: “The Political Economy of Energy Subsidy Reform in Iran” (Feb. 2018) and “The Other Iran: Unintended Modernity in the Islamic Republic” (May 2018). He also served as a panelist in the "Up to the Minute-Iran: Changing Perspectives” event co-organized by the Center and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Feb. 2018).