Dr Amin Mohensi-Cheraghlou

Lecturer in Professional Studies, M.S. in Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies

USA

BIOGRAPHY:

Amin Mohseni is a macroeconomist at the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center where he leads the Center’s flagship Bretton Woods 2.0 Project. He is also a senior lecturer at American University, Washington D.C. He has more than 20 years of experience in international organizations, academia, think tanks, the private sector, and international teaching & research centers. Amin was a consultant and research economist at the World Bank Group from 2007 to 2020. He was also a research scholar at the Qatar Foundation, an energy demand forecaster at PEPCO, and a telecommunications engineer at Texas Instruments. Amin’s areas of expertise are development macroeconomics, sustainable growth, energy economics & transition, international financial relations & political economy, and economic statecraft. Regionally, his research has mainly covered emerging markets and developing economies with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), China, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Amin has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.A. in International Development, and a Ph.D. in Economics.

RECENT POSTS FROM STATE OF THE PLANET

PUBLICATIONS

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Wind Power in Iran: Technical, Policy, and Financial Aspects for Better Energy Resource Management.

Energies. 2022; 15(9):3230. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15093230.

[Co-Author: Seyed Reza Mirnezami]

  • The Impact of Islamic Financial Development on Energy Intensity: Evidence from Islamic Banks.

Journal of Islamic Monetary Economics and Finance, 7(4). December 2021. https://doi.org/10.21098/jimf.v7i4.1409.

[Co-Authors: Abdul-Jalil Ibrahim, Nasim S. Shirazi]

  • Benevolent Savings and Macroeconomic Variables: Some Empirical Evidence from Iran.

Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies. December 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/17520843.2020.1854810.

[Co-Authors: Abolghasem Tohidinia, Ali Reza Oryoie]

  • Determinants of Inclusive Growth in Islamic Countries.

Quarterly Journal of Economic Growth and Development Research, Volume 8, Number 32, September 2018.

[Co-Authors: Seyyed Hossein MirJalili, Omid Safari. Written in Farsi]

  • Avoiding Middle-income Trap: The Effect of Total Factor Productivity, Human Capital, and Age Dependency Ratio.

International Journal of Business and Development Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2018, pp. 5-21.

[Co-Authors: Seyyed Hossein Mirjalili, Hossein Sa'adat]

  • The Effect of Degree of Competition and Capital Requirements on Iranian Banks' Risk-Taking.

Journal of Economics Research. Volume 53, Number 1, Spring 2018, pp. 25-44.

[Co-Authors: Teymur Rahmani, Mohsen Mehrara, Giti Shakeri. Written in Farsi.]

  • Inclusive Growth in Iran's Provinces (2004-2015).

International Journal of Business and Development Studies. Volume 9, Issue 2, Spring 2018, pp. 5-27.

[Co-Authors: Seyyed Hossein MirJalili, Omid Safari]

  • Patterns and Trends in Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments: A Post-Crisis Descriptive Analysis.

Iranian Economic Review. Volume 21, Number 4, Winter 2018, pp. 725-763.

  • The Aftermath of Financial Crises: A Look on Human and Social Wellbeing.

World Development. Volume 87, November 2016, pp.88-106.

  • Socio-Economic Justice and Poverty in Islam.

International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management. Volume 8, Issue 1, 2015, pp.20-35.

  • Bank Regulation and Supervision in the Context of the Global Crisis.

Journal of Financial Stability. Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2013, pp. 733–746.

[Co-Authors: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Martin ─îihák, Maria Soledad Martínez Pería]

  • Labor Markets and Mental Wellbeing: Labor Market Conditions and Suicides in the U.S. 1979-2004.

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Volume 45, August 2013, pp. 175-186.

Policy Briefs & Reports

  • Reimagining Africa’s role in revitalizing the global economy

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/reimagining-africas-role-in-revitalizing-the-global-economy/

  • China in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reaching far beyond natural resources

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/china-in-sub-saharan-africa-reaching-far-beyond-natural-resources/

  • Foreign direct investment, infrastructure, and supply chain resiliency: A new nexus for US industrial strategy

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/foreign-direct-investment-infrastructure-and-supply-chain-resiliency-a-new-nexus-for-us-industrial-strategy/
 

  • Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016: Long-Term Finance

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22543

  • Global Financial Development Report 2014: Financial Inclusion

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/16238/9780821399859.pdf

  • Global Financial Development Report 2013: Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/11848/Global%20Financial%20Development%20Report%202013.pdf

 

Short Policy Memos & Blogs

  • Geoeconomic fragmentation is threatening the green energy transition.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/geoeconomic-fragmentation-is-threatening-the-green-energy-transition/

  • Four reasons why Morocco is becoming a renewable energy powerhouse.

https://sps.columbia.edu/news/four-reasons-why-morocco-becoming-renewable-energy-powerhouse

  • Fragmentation is threatening developing economies in many ways. Climate is one of them.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/updates-imf-world-bank-meetings-behind-the-scenes/#amin-mohseni-cheraghlou-geoeconomic-fragmentation-climate

  • Why everyone—from participants to officials—should keep in mind Africa’s demographics?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/updates-imf-world-bank-meetings-behind-the-scenes/#amin-mohseni-cheraghlou-africa-demographics

  • A “big push” and a “first step” toward reaching Africa’s potential.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/updates-imf-world-bank-meetings-behind-the-scenes/#amin-mohseni-cheraghlou-newsletter

  • Essential but unevenly distributed: IMF’s response to sovereign debt and financial crises.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/essential-but-unevenly-distributed-imfs-response-to-sovereign-debt-and-financial-crises/

  • The target of limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees is practically dead. Why do emissions per capita matter?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/the-target-of-limiting-global-warming-to-less-than-1-5-degrees-is-practically-why-do-emissions-per-capita/

  • The global infrastructure financing gap: Where sovereign wealth funds and pension funds can play a role.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/the-global-infrastructure-financing-gap-where-sovereign-wealth-funds-swfs-and-pension-funds-can-come-in/

  • Brown-to-green subsidy swaps in MENA are long overdue. Here’s why.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/brown-to-green-subsidy-swaps-in-mena-are-long-overdue-heres-why/

  • The global slowdown: Why Sub-Saharan Africa is so important?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/the-global-slowdown-why-sub-saharan-africa-is-so-important/

  • Keeping everyone in the club: How sanctions complicate the Bretton Woods Institutions’ job.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/keeping-everyone-in-the-club-how-sanctions-complicate-the-bretton-woods-institutions-job/

  • Quasi-state financial institutions and the Bretton Woods: A case for collaboration?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/quasi-state-financial-institutions-and-the-bretton-woods-a-case-for-collaboration/

  • The North-South divide is growing. Can a new Bretton Woods help?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/the-north-south-divide-is-growing-can-a-new-bretton-woods-help/

  • Democratic challenges at Bretton Woods Institutions.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/inequality-at-the-top-democratic-challenges-at-bretton-woods-institutions/

  • “Inequality starts at the top”: Voting reforms in Bretton Woods Institutions.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/inequality-starts-at-the-top-voting-reforms-in-bretton-woods-institutions/

  • Economic and financial multilateralism in disarray.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/economic-and-financial-multilateralism-in-disarray/

  • Europe needs a new energy option that isn’t Russia. It should turn to North Africa.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/europe-needs-a-new-energy-option-that-isnt-russia-it-should-turn-to-north-africa/

  • Beyond oil, natural gas, and wheat: The commodity shock of Russia-Ukraine crisis.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/beyond-oil-natural-gas-and-wheat-the-commodity-shock-of-russia-ukraine-crisis/

  • What about inflation and the Russia-Ukraine crisis?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/what-about-inflation-and-the-russia-ukraine-crisis/

  • How secure is Social Security?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/econographics/how-secure-is-social-security/

  • Labor force participation rates in G20 in five charts.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/labor-force-participation-rates-in-g20-in-five-charts/

  • To Bailout or not? This is Xi’s question.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/to-bailout-or-not-this-is-xis-question/

  • Inclusive growth needs financial inclusion. Can Central Bank Digital Currency help?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/inclusive-growth-needs-financial-inclusion-can-central-bank-digital-currency-help/

  • Could China become the Taliban’s new benefactor?

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/could-china-become-the-talibans-new-benefactor/

  • Foreign Direct Investment: A new strategy for the United States.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/foreign-direct-investment-a-new-strategy-for-the-united-states/

  • China and Sub-Saharan Africa trade: A case of growing interdependence.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/china-and-sub-saharan-africa-trade-a-case-of-growing-interdependence/

  • If Raisi wants to improve the Iranian economy, price controls are where to start.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/iransource/if-raisi-wants-to-improve-the-iranian-economy-price-controls-are-where-to-start/

  • Development finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Chinese model.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/development-finance-in-sub-saharan-africa-the-chinese-model/

  • Let’s talk about informality!

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/lets-talk-about-informality/

  • Necessity or Luxury? Environmental sustainability and economic growth in MENA.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/necessity-or-luxury-environmental-sustainability-and-economic-growth-mena

  • MENA at the center of the West: China’s “opening up to the West” strategy.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/mena-center-west-chinas-opening-west-strategy

  • Fossil fuel subsidies and renewable energies in MENA: An oxymoron?

https://www.mei.edu/publications/fossil-fuel-subsidies-and-renewable-energies-mena-oxymoron

  • A “blue mirage”: Biden’s presidency and the Iranian economy.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/blue-mirage-bidens-presidency-and-iranian-economy

  • Iran’s unrealized economic potential.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/irans-unrealized-economic-potential

  • Linking the past to the future: Economic diversification and tourism in Oman.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/linking-past-future-economic-diversification-and-tourism-oman

  • Iran’s “harsh revenge”: Is blocking the Strait of Hormuz really a plausible option?

https://www.mei.edu/publications/irans-harsh-revenge-blocking-strait-hormuz-really-plausible-option

  • Rouhani vs. the pump: Ignoring better policy alternatives, again?

https://www.mei.edu/publications/rouhani-vs-pump-ignoring-better-policy-alternatives-again

  • Déjà vu all over again: The three “I”s of gasoline subsidies and social unrest in Iran.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/deja-vu-all-over-again-three-gasoline-subsidies-and-social-unrest-iran

  • Qatari-Turkish relations in the post-blockade era.

https://gulfif.org/auto-draftqatari-turkish-relations-in-the-post-qatari-saudi-rapprochement-era/

  • Let the turbines spin: Iran’s opportunity to combat climate change.

https://gulfif.org/let-the-turbines-spin-irans-opportunity-to-combat-climate-change/

  • Water in the Gulf: A desperate call for new solutions to an old problem.

https://gulfif.org/water-in-the-gulf-a-desperate-call-for-new-solutions-to-an-old-problem/

  • Iranian Rial on free fall: Again?

https://gulfif.org/iranian-rial-on-free-fall-again/

  • Unemployment crisis in Iraq and Iran: A chronic dilemma for state and society.

https://gulfif.org/unemployment-crisis-in-iraq-and-iran-a-chronic-dilemma-for-state-and-society/

  • When clean air becomes a luxury: The case of air pollution and climate change in Iran.

https://gulfif.org/when-clean-air-becomes-a-luxury-the-case-of-air-pollution-and-climate-change-in-iran/

  • Update from Iran: Iran’s over-education crises.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/iran-education-crises

  • Islamic Finance and financial inclusion: A case for poverty reduction in the Middle East and North Africa?

https://blogs.worldbank.org/allaboutfinance/islamic-finance-and-financial-inclusion-case-poverty-reduction-middle-east-and-north-africa

  • Mobile banking: Who is in the driver’s seat?

https://blogs.worldbank.org/allaboutfinance/mobile-banking-who-driver-s-seat

  • Banking regulation and supervision in the Arab world.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/everything-you-need-know-about-banking-regulation-arab-world

  • Education and banking: A formula for poverty reduction in the Arab World.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/education-and-banking-formula-poverty-reduction-arab-world

  • The case for solar power in the Middle East and North Africa.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/case-solar-power-middle-east-and-north-africa

  • Bank regulation and supervision: Insights from a new World Bank dataset.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/allaboutfinance/bank-regulation-and-supervision-insights-from-a-new-world-bank-dataset