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Mohammad Hashem Pesaran (born March 30, 1946 in Shiraz, Iran) is a British-Iranianeconomist. He received his BSc in Economics at the University of Salford (England) and his PhD in Economics at Cambridge University. Previously, Pesaran was Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge and a Professorial Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is presently the John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics at theUniversity of Southern California and has held that position since August 2005. He also serves as the Director of the USC Dornsife Center for Applied Financial Economics Research. In January 2013, he was made a Distinguished Professor at USC. Previously, he was head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Iran. He has also been a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Applied Econometrics Program at UCLA, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California (USC). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics. He is the recipient of the 1990 George Sell Prize from The Institute of Petroleum, London, the 1992 Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal for the years 1990 and 1991, and the joint recipient of the Econometric Reviews Best Paper Award 2002-2004 for his paper on Long Run Structural Modeling. Pesaran is the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and a co-developer of Microfit (versions 1-5), an econometric software package published by Oxford University Press. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum for Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey over the period, and has served as a member of the World Bank's Council of Advisers for the Middle East and North Africa, 1996-2000. Pesaran has served as a Director on the Board of Acorn Investment Trust and Cambridge Econometrics, and is now Honorary President of Cambridge Econometrics. In 1997 he became a Charter Member of the Oliver Wyman Institute, serving until January 2000. Between 2000 and 2002 he was appointed Vice President in charge of development and computerized trading systems at Tudor Investment Corporation, Connecticut, USA and in October 2004 he was appointed as Director of USC College Institute for Economic Policy Research. He has over 130 publications in leading scientific journals in the areas of econometrics, empirical macroeconomics and the Iranian economy, and is an expert in the economics of Oil and the Middle East. His daughter, Evaleila Pesaran, is College Lecturer in Politics at Murray Edwards College and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge and is the author of the book Iran's Struggle for Economic Independence. His son, Bijan Pesaran, is a neuroscientist at the Center for Neural Science at New York University.