Bachelor in Economics with first class honors, University Tehran, Iran, 1972. Master of Philosophy in Economics, University Oxford, England, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University Oxford, England, 1982.
Lecturer Oxford (England) University, Queen's College, 1977-1981. Economist The World Bank, Washington, 1982—1988, consultant, 1988—1990. Visiting associate professor department economics American University, 1991—1993, Georgetown University, Washington, 1994—1995.
Reader in economics University Surrey, Guilford, England, 1995—1996. Assistant professor University California, Davis, 1996—1998, associate professor, 1998—2002, professor, since 2002. Presenter in field.
Member American Economic Association, Association Environmental and Resource Economists, Middle East Economic Association, American Agricultural Economic Association, Giannini Foundation Agricultural Economics, Royal Economic Society, European Association Environmental and Resource Economists (member program committee annual conference 1996, 2000), International Society for Ecological Economics, International Economics and Finance Society, Economic Development Association, Society for Economic Dynamics, Society for Promotion Economic Theory, Association Public Economic Theory.
Married Afsaneh Sedghi, July 25, 1976 (divorced). 1 child, Faraz.