Professor Parviz Dabir-Alai

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Professor Parviz Dabir-Alai

Professor of Economics

Dr Parviz Dabir Alai

Dr Parviz Dabir Alai

Biography

Dr. Dabir-Alai is Professor of Economics at Richmond. His academic career has been developed and enhanced by teaching at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) in the mid-1980s, Richmond – since the late 1980s, and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago) in the mid-1990s.

He has published a range of papers on the economics of education, economic transition issues and informal markets. His work on several aspects of idiosyncratic labour markets has been replicated by researchers as far apart as Latin America and Southeast Asia. He co-edited (with Mehmet Odekon) Economic Liberalization and Labour Markets, Greenwood Press. Most recently he published Urban Petty Trading as part of the Readers’ Guide to the Social Sciences, Fitzroy Dearborn, London, as well as several other pieces for Routledge-Curzon and for Sage Publications. He is the founding editor (since 1992) of the now occasional series Briefing Notes in Economics, which is a research newsletter. Additionally, he has served as academic reviewer to many journals including Applied Economics, the Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Developing Areas. Dr Dabir-Alai sits on the editorial boards of several major international journals including the International Journal of Happiness and Development.

Notable amongst the other work he has done is Dr Dabir-Alai’s consulting work with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Engineering Institute (at the University of the West Indies) on the financing of large infrastructure projects within the Caribbean region. This was a multi-billion dollor project financed in part by the OECD.

Dr. Dabir-Alai earned a BA from the University of North London, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics. He also obtained an M.Phil. (Econ.) from the University of Warwick and a Ph.D. in Economics from Brunel University.

When younger he had his sights fixed on winning squash trophies. Nowadays he is content with playing backgammon and reading newspapers. He remains a long-time admirer and fan of Arsenal Football club.


Research and Professional engagement

Dabir-Alai, P. (2016), “Foreign Aid and Happiness”, International Journal of Happiness and Development. Forthcoming.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2016), “Editorial for ‘Economic Development and Wellbeing’”, International Journal of Happiness and Development. Forthcoming.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2015), “Street Children”, Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Forthcoming.

Dabir-Alai, P. (with Valadkhani, A., Babacan, A.) (2014), “The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices on Non-Energy Sectors in Australia”, Economic Analysis and Policy, Volume 44, issue 4, 386-395.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2012), “Editorial for ‘Impact of the Development of the Knowledge Economy (or Knowledge Economies) in the North on Economies in the South’”, International Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 8, Nos. 4/5/6, 2012.

Dabir-Alai, P. (with McIntosh, B; McQuaid, R; and Munro, A) (2012), “Motherhood and its impact on career progression – the case of Scottish nurses 2000-2008”, Gender in Management: an International Journal, Volume 27, issue 5.

Correa, A and P. Dabir-Alai (2011), “How does development affect international economic emigration? A case study of Polish emigration to the UK”, International Journal of Education, Economics and Development. Volume 2, issue 1, pages 31-60.

Dabir-Alai, P. (with Hind Zantout) (2007), “Universities and their contribution to knowledge management”, Knowledge and Economy, Volume 1, Number 2, pp1-19.

Dabir-Alai, P. (with B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew) (2006), “Does Foreign Aid Affect the Environment in Developing Economies?”, Journal of Economic Development, Volume 31, Number 1.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2006), “Famines”, in World Encyclopaedia of Poverty, Sage Publishing, New York.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2004), “Street trading in urban areas”, in the Routledge Development Encyclopaedia, Routledge Publications, London.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2004), “World Commission on Dams”, in the Routledge Development Encyclopaedia, Routledge Publications, London.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2004), “Harris-Todaro Model”, in the Routledge Development Encyclopaedia, Routledge Publications, London.

Dabir-Alai, P. (2001), “Urban Petty Trading”, in the Readers’ Guide to the Social Sciences, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, London.

Dabir-Alai, P. and Odekon, M. (ed.) (1998) Economic Liberalisation and Labour Markets, Greenwood Press, Westport, Ct., USA. Reviewed in 1999 in the Economic Journal, in the December 2000 – Volume 123, Issue No. 12, of the Monthly Labor Review, and elsewhere.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1998), “Political Economy, Liberalisation and Labour’s Absorption: A Generalised View of Recent Experiences”, in Dabir-Alai, P. and Odekon, M. (ed.), Economic Liberalisation and Labour Markets, Greenwood Press, Westport, Ct., USA.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1997), “Macroeconomic Overview of Suriname”, Appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1996), “Informal Markets: Stylised Facts or Fiction?”, Journal of Caribbean Issues, Volume 7, Number 1.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1996), “Planning in India: An overview of key objectives and achievements”, in H.D. Vinod (ed.) Study of Indian History and Culture, BHISHMA, Volume 17 (of an 18 volume set), Thane.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of The Bahamas”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for The Bahamas’, prepared as part of the Caribbean Regional Infrastructure Study Project (CRISP) for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1996), “Executive Summary on Trinidad and Tobago Country Report”, Prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB. Sole author for Economics section as well as overall editorial control for remaining sections; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996) “Caribbean Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda”, for the IDB, 171 pages, June.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of Barbados”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for Barbados’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of Belize”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for Belize’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of Dominica”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for Dominica’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of Guyana”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for Guyana’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of Jamaica”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for Jamaica’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB, April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of St. Lucia”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for St. Lucia’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. and others (1996), “Macroeconomic Overview of St. Kitts & Nevis”, appearing as Chapter 1 of ‘Infrastructure for Development: A Policy Agenda for St. Kitts & Nevis’, prepared as part of the CRISP for the IDB; April.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1995), “Applicability of the ‘problem based learning’ approach to an international student body: some preliminary results from undergraduate economics”, in P. Keizer et. al. (ed.) Educational Innovation in Economics and Business Administration, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1995), “Reforming assessment: the case of ‘letter grades’ at UWI’s Social Sciences Faculty”, Caribbean Curriculum, Volume 5, Number 2.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1987), “Productivity Trends Across Large Scale Manufacturing Industries of India”, Indian Economic Review, Volume XXII, Number 2, pp 151-178.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1985), “Capital Labour Substitution Across Large Scale Manufacturing Industries of India”, Manchester Papers on Development, Volume 1, Number 3, pp 45-62.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1995), “On Austrian Economics”, Financial Times (London), July 31.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1994), “On the link between anti-inflationary programmes and poverty eradication in Brazil”, Financial Times (London), March 12.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1992), “On the definition of ‘services’ and ‘manufacturing’ industries”, Financial Times (London), November 21.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1992), “On trade and the environment” Financial Times (London), February 14.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1991), “On India’s programme of economic reform” Financial Times (London), August 9.

Dabir-Alai, P. (1991), “On the World Bank’s targeting of loans to the private sector within LDCs” Financial Times, (London) May 7.

Other examples professional activity:

a)      I have served on the editorial board of several international journals, including the following:

  • International Journal of Happiness and Development
  • International Journal of Statistics and Economics
  • International Journal of Social and Economic Research
  • International Journal of Economic Education and Development
  • I am the founding editor for the Briefing Notes in Economics (www.richmond.ac.uk/bne)

b)      I have an unbroken record of 15 years’ experience as an external examiner and validation panel member on undergraduate and postgraduate programs in half a dozen institutions both in the UK and abroad.

c)      Presented at more than 20 major international conferences, and acted as a discussant at many more, over a period of 30 years.

d)      Acted as an academic reviewer to Applied Economics, Economic Journal, and many other highly rated international journals.

Get in touch

I teach on:
BA Degree – Entrepreneurship
BA Degree – Finance
BA Degree – Fashion Management & Marketing
BA Degree – International Business
BA Degree – Marketing
BA Degree – Economics
BA Degree – Financial Economics
BA Degree – International Development Economics
MBA


Some of the courses I teach:
MGT 6972 – Internship in Management
ECN 4110 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECN 5105 – Economic Problem of Developing Countries
ECN 4105 – Introduction to Microeconomics
ECN 5100 – Economics of Transition


Research Cluster:
Wellbeing


Research Interest & Expertise:
Development economics (especially in areas such idiosyncratic labour markets, migration, urbanisation issues).
Economic liberalisation (especially in areas such as its history, patterns and outcomes).
Industrialisation (especially productivity measurement within manufacturing industries in a South Asian context).