• Ph.D.Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI,  USA (1977),
  • M.A.  Economics, Brown University (1973),
  • B.Sc. Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., USA (1972). 

Farsi (native), English (fluent), Arabic (good), German (basic), French (basic).


Cyrus Sassanpour

CASE Fellow

CASE Fellow


  • macroeconomics
  • macroeconomic modeling
  • economics of oil producers
  • public finance



Current Positions:

  • CASE Fellow,
  • Senior Advisor to Executive Director, International Monetary Fund, since 2018.

Previous Positions:

  • Consultant on Monetary Policy at Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Cairo (2009),
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) (1983-2008),
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Vienna (1977-1982), 
  • Research Fellow and Lecturer at Graduate School of International Studies (Geneva) (1976-1977),
  • Research and teaching associate at Londond School of Economics and Political Science (1975-1976).


Selected Publications:

  • "Labor Market Pressures in Egypt: Why is the Unemployment Rate Stubbornly High?", with Mohamed Hassan, Journal of Development and Economic Policies, July 2008
  • "Labor Market Challenges and Policies in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries", published by International Monetary Fund, 1997
  • "GCC's Macroeconomic Strategies: Toward the 21st Century", with Mohamed El-Erian, published in Gulf Economies: Strategies for Growth in the 21st Century, Georgetown University, 1997
  • "Policy Challenges in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries", published by the International Monetary Fund, 1996
  • "Financial, Exchange Rate, and Wage Policies in Singapore, 1979-86", with Ichani, published in Macroeconomic Models for Adjustment in Developing Countries, International Monetary Fund, 1991 
  • "Adjustment to a Foreign Exchange Shock: Iran 1951-53", with Patrick Clawson, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 1987
  • "An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Monetary Disequilibria in Open Economies", with Jeffrey Sheen, the Journal of Monetary Economics, 1984


project involvement: expert

case publications