Dr. Morteza Saharkhiz

Dr. Morteza Saharkhiz is a Research Economist in the Health Division at IMPAQ International. Dr. Saharkhiz is an Applied Microeconomist whose areas of interest are Health Economics, Labor Economics, and the 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 large administrative databases such as the Integrated Data Repository (IDR), the central repository of all Medicare and Medicaid programs data. He has used a variety of methods, including linear and non-linear estimation techniques and structural econometrics. He is also an expert in statistical programming in Python, SAS, SQL, 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 Analysist 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, M.S. in System Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Saharkhiz, M. (2019, July). Schools, Parents, and Child Development. Presentation at National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics Annual Workshop, New Orleans, LA.

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.