Mahdi Ghodsi

Economist

e-Mail: ghodsi@wiiw.ac.at
telephone: T: +43 1 533 66 10 - 55

Mahdi Ghodsi is Economist at wiiw. His research focuses on international trade, International trade policy, non-tariff measures, industrial policy, foreign direct investment, global value chains, political economy of sanctions, and the Iran economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Sede di Milano and a second Ph.D. in international economics from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.

Austria, Vienna

External Publications

Articles in refereed journals
  • 'Up or Down the Value Chain? A Comparative Analysis of the GVC Position of the Economies of the New EU Member States' (with Jan Hagemejer), Central European Economic Journal, Online, 2017
  • 'Determinants of specific trade concerns raised on technical barriers to trade EU versus non-EU', Empirica, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2018, pp. 83-128
  • 'Technical Barriers to Trade Notifications and Dispute Settlement within the WTO' (with Jan Jakub Michalek), Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2016, pp. 219-249
  • 'Agglomeration externalities, market structure and employment growth in high-tech industries: Revisiting the evidence' (with Andrzej Cieślik), Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2015, pp. 23-49
  • 'Regional knowledge spillovers in the European Economic Area: The case of three high-tech industries' (with Andrzej Cieślik), Ekonomia, No. 36, 2014, pp. 33-49
  • 'Corruption and the Level of Trade Protectionism', Ekonomia, No. 30, 2013, pp. 75-96
Books (Monographs and editorship)
  • CEFTA Investment Report 2017 (with Vladimir Gligorov, Richard Grieveson, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Mario Holzner, Gabor Hunya and Roman Stöllinger), CEFTA Secretariat, Brussels, 2017
Articles in books
  • 'Non-tariff measures for better or worse' (with Julia Grübler, Oliver Reiter and Robert Stehrer), in: Ewald Nowotny, Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald and Helene Schuberth (eds), Structural Reforms for Growth and Cohesion. Lessons and Challenges for CESEE Countries and a Modern Europe, Chapter 7, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 2018, pp. 78-101
  • 'The European Transport System – Major Challenges' (with Jan Jakub Michalek and Armando Rungi), in: Andrzej Cieślik and Jan Jakub Michalek (eds), Liberalization of Transportation Services in the EU: the Polish Perspectiveation of Transportation Services in the EU: the Polish Perspective, Chapter 1, Polish studies in Economics, Vol. 6, 2015
  • 'The Implications of the Liberalization of Rail Services in Europe' (with Jan Hagemejer and Aneta Mach-Kwiecińska), in: Andrzej Cieślik and Jan Jakub Michalek (eds), Liberalization of Transportation Services in the EU: the Polish Perspectiveation of Transportation Services in the EU: the Polish Perspective, Chapter 9, Polish studies in Economics, Vol. 6, 2015
  • 'Regional growth of high-tech industries in the European Economic Area: policy implications for Central and Eastern European Countries' (with Andrzej Cieślik), Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej. Zeszyt 6 Central and Eastern Europe: convergence, integration and security, IEŚW, 2013, pp. 35-50
Other working papers and discussion series
  • 'Avoiding and escaping the ‘commodity trap’ in development' (with Robert Stehrer), ISID Working Paper (UNIDO), No. 9/2018
  • 'The evolution of trade unit values a measurement on quality' (with Alexandra Bykova and Robert Stehrer), ISID Working Paper (UNIDO), No. 1/2018
  • 'Up or down the value chain? The comparative analysis of the GVC position of the economies of the new EU member states' (with Jan Hagemejer), Working Papers, No. 23/2016 (214), University of Warsaw - Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • 'Technical Barriers to Trade Notifications and Dispute Settlement of the WTO' (with Jan Jakub Michalek), Working Papers, No. 22/2014 (139), University of Warsaw - Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • 'Welfare Analysis of a Prohibitive NTM in a Society with a Proportion of Concerned Consumers', Working Papers, No. 12/2013 (97), University of Warsaw - Faculty of Economic Sciences

wiiw Publications

wiiw Monthly Reports
  • 'Main Austrian export destinations: the role of CESEE re-examined' (with Doris Hanzl-Weiss), Monthly Report No. 9/2018, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 9, Vienna, September 2018, pp. 19-24
  • 'Is Austria’s economy still locked-in in the CESEE region? Austria’s competitiveness at the micro level', Monthly Report No. 7-8/2018, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 7-8, Vienna, July-August 2018, pp. 14-19
  • 'Impact of technical barriers to trade on foreign direct investment in CESEE', Monthly Report No. 3/2018, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 3, Vienna, March 2018, pp. 13-18
  • 'Opinion corner: What are the potential consequences of decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran by US President Trump?', Monthly Report No. 10/2017, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2017, p. 2-5
  • 'Cohesion policy meets heterogeneous firms' (with Loredana Fattorini and Armando Rungi), Monthly Report No. 9/2017, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 9, Vienna, September 2017, p. 6-11
  • 'Opinion corner: What are the reasons for and the likely consequences of Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the Iranian presidential elections?', Monthly Report No. 6/2017, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 6, Vienna, June 2017, pp. 2-4
  • 'EU trade regulations and the WTO dispute settlement on hygienic poultry', Monthly Report No. 4/2017, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2017, pp. 19-23
  • 'Opinion corner: What will change after Donald Trump's victory? Reflections by wiiw researchers' (with Vasily Astrov, Vladimir Gligorov and Robert Stehrer), Monthly Report No. 11/2016, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, November 2016, pp. 2-9
  • 'Opinion corner: What is the role of railway transport in Iran in the efforts to launch a New Silk Road?', Monthly Report No. 10/2016, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2016, pp. 2-4
  • 'Non-tariff measures and the quality of imported products', Monthly Report No. 6/2016, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 6, Vienna, June 2016, pp. 13-17
  • 'Opinion corner: What are the consequences of the Iranian sanctions relief?', Monthly Report No. 2/2016, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 2, Vienna, February 2016, pp. 2-5
  • 'International economic sanctions: the case of Iran' (with Payam Elhami), Monthly Report No. 1/2015, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 1, Vienna, January 2015, pp. 9-13
wiiw Research Reports
  • 'The Evolution of Trade Unit Values: A Measurement on Quality' (with Alexandra Bykova and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Research Report, No. 431, Vienna, September 2018
  • 'The Iranian Economy: Challenges and Opportunities' (with Vasily Astrov, Richard Grieveson and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Research Report, No. 429, Vienna, July 2018
  • 'The Evolution of Non-Tariff Measures and their Diverse Effects on Trade' (with Julia Grübler, Oliver Reiter and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Research Report, No. 419, Vienna, May 2017
wiiw Working Papers
  • 'Avoiding and Escaping the ‘Commodity Trap’ in Development' (with Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 153, Vienna, November 2018
  • 'Is Austria’s Economy Locked-in in the CESEE Region? Austria’s Competitiveness at the Micro-level', wiiw Working Paper, No. 151, Vienna, October 2018
  • 'The Impact of Chinese Technical Barriers to Trade on its Manufacturing Imports', wiiw Working Paper, No. 146, Vienna, March 2018
  • 'Cohesion Policy Meets Heterogeneous Firms' (with Loredana Fattorini and Armando Rungi), wiiw Working Paper, No. 142, Vienna, March 2018
  • 'EU Trade Regulations and Imports of Hygienic Poultry' (with Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 135, Vienna, April 2017
  • 'Import Demand Elasticities Revisited' (with Julia Grübler and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 132, Vienna, November 2016
  • 'Estimating Importer-Specific Ad Valorem Equivalents of Non-Tariff Measures' (with Julia Grübler and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 129, Vienna, September 2016
  • 'Distinguishing Between Genuine and Non-Genuine Reasons for Imposing Technical Barriers to Trade: A Proposal Based on Cost-Benefit Analysis', wiiw Working Paper, No. 117, Vienna, July 2015
  • 'The Role of Specific Trade Concerns Raised on TBTs in the Import of Products to the EU, USA and China', wiiw Working Paper, No. 116, Vienna, June 2015
  • 'Determinants of Specific Trade Concerns Raised on Technical Barriers to Trade', wiiw Working Paper, No. 115, Vienna, June 2015
wiiw Policy Notes and Reports
  • 'Austria’s Economic Competitiveness in a Neighbourhood Context: Is Austria’s Economy Locked-in to the CESEE Region?' (with Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Philipp Heimberger, Mario Holzner, Olga Pindyuk and Roman Stöllinger), wiiw Policy Note/Policy Report, No. 26, Vienna, October 2018
  • 'Economic Policy Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative for CESEE and Austria' (with Alexandra Bykova, Julia Grübler, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Mario Holzner, Gabor Hunya and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Policy Note/Policy Report, No. 23, Vienna, June 2018
wiiw Opinion Pieces
  • 'Iran: Economic troubles create political risks', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, September 2018
  • 'Iran: Rouhani visit to Austria comes at a difficult time', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, July 2018
  • 'The EU should stick with the Iran deal', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, May 2018
  • 'EU cohesion policy has mixed results for firms’ productivity', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, March 2018
  • 'New US tariffs: Escalation to trade war would hit Europe hard' (with Richard Grieveson, Julia Grübler, Mario Holzner, Olga Pindyuk, Robert Stehrer and Roman Stöllinger), wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, March 2018
  • 'Post-Brexit EU-UK trade will face significant new obstacles', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, January 2018
  • 'wiiw Opinion Corner: Likely reasons and consequences of Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the Iranian presidential elections', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, June 2017
  • 'Iranians head to polls for crucial election', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, May 2017
  • 'wiiw Opinion Corner: What will change after Donald Trump's victory?' (with Vasily Astrov, Vladimir Gligorov and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, December 2016
  • 'wiiw Opinion Corner: What are the consequences of the Iranian sanctions relief?', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, March 2016
  • 'The Aftermath of Iran’s Implementation Day', wiiw Opinion Piece, Vienna, January 2016

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