Iran is the largest economy in the world that is still outside the World Trade Organization. What are the gains and challenges of integrating to the world economy for the Iranian consumers and producers? How would labor markets and consequently political parties respond to international trade?

To answer these policy questions, it is imperative to understand the global economy and its institutions from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The objective of this summer school is to bring interested Iranian scholars up to speed with the advancements in International Trade Theory with an emphasis on “Tariff Wars” and “Political Polarization”. It will also briefly review models used and developed by modern trade economists to measure the effects of different policy schemes.


The intended audience of the summer school are researchers and graduate students with some research background in Economics, Finance and Public Policy or closely related fields.


Executive Chair

Scientific Chair

Organization Chair

Dates: July 30th-31st, 2019

  • July 30th: 09:00 – 16:00
  • July 31st: 09:00 – 12:00

VenueThe International Trade II Summer School will be held at Khatam University.

Registration Deadline: 29th July 2019

This Summer School will be in Farsi.


General: 1,000,000 Toman
Students: 500,000 Toman
(Payable at the first day of the Summer School)
Scholarships for strong candidates are available.


Dr. Ahmad Lashkaripour

Assistant Professor of Economics

Indiana University


I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Indiana University. 

My Research interests are at the intersection of International trade and Economic development. My work emphasizes the role of composition (product-mix) in trade. Specifically, I study the link between the characteristics of a nation and the structure of its foreign trade. My recent work shows that the welfare-improving effects of trade are remarkably larger in the developing world, when one accounts for the composition of trade flows.

In my free time, I play and watch soccer. I’m an avid supporter of Man Utd.

Dr. Hosein Joshaghani

Assistant Professor of Economics

Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies (TeIAS)


Hosein Joshaghani is an empirical economist, interested in using big data to better understand labor markets and the macroeconomy. His current research is mainly on identifying mechanisms through which discrimination takes place in the labor market, role of gig economy as a shock absorber and the optimal design and reform of labor markets.

He joined the Graduate School of Management and Economics at Sharif University of Technology as a visiting assistant professor after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2017. Since May 2019 he joined TeIAS as an assistant professor of economics and finance.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

  • 09:00-09:10   Welcome & Introduction, Dr. Hosein Joshaghani
  • 09:10-10:45   Introduction to Modern International Trade Models & Policy Tools, Dr. Ahmad Lashkaripour
  • 10:45-11:15 **Break**
  • 11:15-12:15   Introduction to Trade and Labor Markets, Dr. Kaveh Majlesi “Slides
  • 12:15-14:00 **Lunch Break**
  • 14:00-15:15  The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure, Dr. Kaveh Majlesi

Day 2: Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

  • 09:00-10:15  Measuring the Cost of a Tariff War: A Sufficient Statistic Approach, Dr. Ahmad Lashkaripour
  • 10:15-10:45 **Break**
  • 10:45-12:00   Export and Financial Shocks, Dr. Hosein Joshaghani “Slides