Title: Essays on Digital Development
Expected completion date: 2024
Hossein is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute, where he also earned his master's degree in International Economics.
In his doctoral research, he employs both theoretical and empirical models to investigate how various forms of digitalization, in particular digital platforms, contribute to the development of low and middle-income countries. Specifically, he studies the effect of access to ride-sharing platforms on households’ income, expenditure, and occupational choices. Moreover, he explores the provision of credit by marketplace platforms and the underlying mechanisms behind it, especially in countries with low contract enforcement capacity. Further, Hossein is researching the internet industry to understand the various factors influencing price and quality of internet in developing countries.
Hossein has also worked as an overseas consultant for the London School of Economics on the “Buyers’ Sourcing Strategies in the Global Garment Industry” project, where he extensively worked with big data. He is also the teaching assistant for the course “Industrial Organization” at the Geneva Graduate Institute, where he gives tutorials on game theory and models of firms’ competition to master students.