Alireza Naghavi, visiting professor at the Center for Economic Research on Governance, Inequality and Conflict

Professor in Economics, University of Bologne
Visiting Professor 2022-23 - February 17 to March 1st, 2023
Inviting Researcher: Mathieu Couttenier

Alireza Naghavi is a full professor of Economics at the University of Bologna and an adjunct professor at John Hopkins University SAIS and Dickinson College in Bologna. He is currently the director of the Bachelor’s degree in Economics of Tourism in Rimini. He holds a Ph.D. from University College Dublin. He has published in international journals such as Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He is currently the principal investigator of the PRIN project "New Protectionist Policies: Political Determinants and Economic Consequences", and was the global scientific coordinator of the European Commission’s FP7 project INGINEUS on Global Innovation Networks. His research interests focus on international trade and institutions, and include topic such as intellectual property rights, firm organization, innovation, migration, and the economics of religion.

Current Research

Institutions, Development, and Patterns of Trade (with A. Greppi) Reject and Resubmit at World Development, Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano Working Paper 479

  • Morality, Contract Enforcement, and the Stability of Supplier Relations (with G. Pignataro and K. Zajc Kej¸ar). submitted
  • Trade Secrets and Exclusive Contracts in the Automotive Industry (with D. Angenendt and G. Calzolari). draft coming soon
  • Traditional Irrigation Systems and the Evolution of Cooperative Culture: The Persian Qanats (with M. Shaeyan). draft coming soon
  • Protection of Intellectual Assets in Supplier and Ownership Networks (with G. Cavaliere and G. Moramarco). draft coming soon
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Slicing Up Knowledge in Global Value Chains (with P. Eppinger, B. Kukharskyy, and G. Ottaviano).


  • The visit of Alireza Naghavi is in many ways extremely structuring for the teacher-researchers and researchers of the Lyon site. First, in terms of research, he shares common themes with many colleagues: economic and religious history (Jean-Pascal Bassino), political economy (Sophie Hatte), and development economics (Mathieu Couttenier). Moreover, doctoral students working on similar topics, such as Joseph Enguehard or Ninon Moreau-Kastler, will benefit greatly from his visit. His recent work on cooperation in the use of natural resources, particularly water, is also part of the work he has been doing for the past three years at the ENS de Lyon on the impact of natural resource management on economic development. In view of the current (and future) climate crisis, and predictions that indicate an increase in conflict as a result of rising temperatures (migration, drop in agricultural productivity...), it is essential to better understand the mechanisms that can reduce the link between water use and conflict. Alireza Naghavi has collected a fascinating database of historical irrigation networks in Iran. These networks have helped to bind communities together and develop strong mutual support. As a result, it appears that these areas are less prone to violence today in the event of a water shock, even though the irrigation network is no longer used. During his visit, a project will be finalized that will allow Alireza Naghavi’s knowledge of the Indian context and data to be crossed with Mathieu Couttenier’s knowledge of conflicts. This work should make it possible to highlight the fundamental role of culture and social ties in limiting the effects of water shocks on conflicts.

    Alireza Naghavi will participate in scientific activities: external seminars, internal seminars and PhD meetings.
    He will present a recent work during an internal seminar, and will also make a presentation of his work to the students of the Master in Economics.

  • Trade and Geography in the Spread of Islam, Economic Journal: 128, 3210-3241, 2018 (S. Michalopoulos, G.Prarolo).
  • Trade Liberalization, Democratization and Technology Adoption, Journal of Economic Growth: 23 (2), 145’173 , 2018 (M. Cervellati, F. Toubal). Lead Article