Sepehr Ekbatani

Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance


I am an economist with research interests in Applied Microeconomics, Labor and Education Economics. I received my PhD in Economics from UCLA in 2020, my MSc and BSc from Sharif University of Technology in Economics and Electrical Engineering. I joined the economics department of Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies in 2020.

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Labor Economics
  • Education Economics
  • Ph.D. in Economics (University of California, Los Angeles - 2020)
    Ph.D. Advisors:
    – Till Von Wachter
    – Rodrigo Pinto
    – Adriana Lleras-Muney
  • M.A. in Economics (University of California, Los Angeles - 2017)
  • M.Sc. in Economics (Sharif University of Technology, Tehran - 2015)
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Sharif University of Technology, Tehran - 2013)
  • The Cost of Strategic Play in Centralized School Choice Mechanisms (JMP)
  • The Determinants of College Major Choice: Evidence from Iranian University Entrance Exam
  • Role of Banking System Shocks in Iran 2012 Stagflation
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Economics, UCLA, 2015 - 2016
  • Gold Medal in the Iran Nationwide Economics Olympiad, July 2013
  • Ranked 70th among 308,875 participants in the Iranian Math. and Physics B.Sc. University Entrance Exam, July 2009
  • Ranked 8th in the Iranian Economics M.Sc. University Entrance Exam, among more than 9,000 participants, February 2013
    • Sara Al Balooshi (University of St Andrews, graduated in 2020)

    • Caixia Shu (University of St Andrews)

    • Yeliangzi Zheng (University of St Andrews)