PhD defence by Zahra Zarepour

Cash instead of Subsidy: Essays on the impact of the 2010 Iranian energy subsidy reform
PhD student
Zahra Zarepour
Tuesday 8 Feb 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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A limited number of people may attend this defence in-person. If you would like to attend in-person, please register by completing the registration form at the bottom of this page.

NB - face coverings must be worn at all times during the defence, even when seated

The defence can also be followed LIVE via ISS livestream

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Zahra (Farzane) Zarepour

On 8 February 2022, Zahra Zarepour will defend her thesis on 'Cash instead of Subsidy: Essays on the impact of the 2010 Iranian energy subsidy reform'

In a series of essays, Zahra Zarepour examines the impact of the 2010 Iranian energy subsidy removal and cash transfer (SRCT) on the country’s macro and micro-economy. The thesis provides a comprehensive inquiry on the impact of the 2010 energy subsidy reform on the macro as well as the micro-economy of Iran highlighting not only the effects of the reform on the economy but also the empirical challenges faced when assessing a universal reform.

  • Essay 1 examines the short- and long run impact of SRCT on macro indicators
  • Essay 2 examines the impact of SRCT on households’ welfare
  • Essay 3 focuses on the impact of SRCT on manufacturing firms
  • Essay 4 compares the emission of air pollutants and CO2 by manufacturing firms before and after the introduction of the energy subsidy reform
  • Essay 5 provides a critique of existing country energy classifications

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Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Arjun Bedi, ISS
Dr Natascha Wagner

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Virgina Tech University
Professor Michéle Breton, Université de Montréal
Dr Zahra Adel Barkhordar, Shahid Beheshti University
Professor Massoud Karshenas, SOAS University of London
Dr Elissaios Papyrakis, ISS

Register to attend the defence in person

Registration closes at midday on 8 February.

More information

The ceremony will begin promptly at 15.00 hrs in the Auditorium of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

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