Dr. Morteza Saharkhiz

Dr. Morteza Saharkhiz is a Research Economist in the Workforce Development Division at IMPAQ International. Dr. Saharkhiz is an Applied Microeconomist whose areas of specialization are Labor Economics, Public Economics, and Economics of Education.


Dr. Saharkhiz has received extensive training in applied econometrics. His prior research quantifies the effects of investments at home and at school on skill formation in children. He has worked with large sample panel datasets, including Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), and used a variety of methods, including linear and non-linear estimation techniques and structural econometrics. He is also an expert in statistical programming with Python and Stata.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Saharkhiz was a Graduate Assistant at Arizona State University, where he served as a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor. He has also been a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a Business Analyst at Henkel.


Dr. Saharkhiz earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Arizona State University in 2018. He has also received an M.S. in Economics from Arizona State University, an M.S. in System Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology. 

Previous Papers and Presentations

Saharkhiz, M. (2017, November). Birth Order, Child Development, and Intra-Household Inequality. Presentation at the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Saharkhiz, M. (2017, March). Schools, Parents, and Child Development. Presentation at the Department of Economics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.