Dr. Farah Asna Ashari

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum

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Phone: +49-(0)234 / 32-26163

Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Research Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • development economics
  • welfare economics
  • Behavioral economics

Current Project

Economic Valuation of Natural Resources, Estimating Reallocation Cost of Water Resources

Sustainable development is strictly tied to wise use of environment and natural resources. In the past, water management plans has often been oriented towards direct use values, while ignoring the non-use and indirect values. Because of the importance of the environmental services provided by water resources, better water management requires environmental beside the economic concerns.

Since agriculture has the major share of the raw water use in developing countries, with the aim of providing a support for policy makers in the agriculture development plans, we apply economic methods to identify the non-marketed gaps and monetize the real economic value of water.

This will be done by applying a production function approach and welfare measurement in agriculture sector in Lake Urmia basin, to examine the reallocation cost of raw water between agriculture and environmental needs.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl


2002 - 2005:   M.A in Economic systems planning
Shiraz University, Iran
2009 - present:   PhD student at IEE in Development studies
RUB, Germany


  • A test and modification of Zipf's hypothesis; the case of migration to Tehran Accepted for presentation at the XXVI International Population Conference of the IUSSP, October 2009, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • The flow of Iranian women's life, A historical-demographic study (1956-2006). Accepted for presentation at the "Gender at the Crossroads: Multi Disciplinary Perspectives" 3rd International Conference on Women's Studies, April 2009, Eastern Mediterranean University, Center for Women's Studies in Famagusta.
  • Assessment, adjustment, and correction of Iran national censuses in 1976, 1986, 1996. Accepted for presentation at 2006 IAOS Conference, Canada. (World Bank grant)
  • "Population ageing and age at retirement in Iran in 50 coming years". Presented at the sixth annual population conference in Pakistan Dec. 2005.(Population Association of Pakistan grant)

Member of the Team in the Following Projects

  • Studying and forecasting increase in firms' expenditure as a consequence of adjustment of energy prices and its impact on supply, import and export, Iran, 2009.
  • Expanding trade with Latin America, Iran, 2009.
  • Examining and recommending optimal Tariff for mine products in Iran mine industry, 2009.
  • How to make small and medium Enterprises more competitive for export enhancement, Iran, 2008.