Dr. Mahdavi is an associate professor of economics. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the Department of Economics at UTSA in 1984 as a visiting assistant professor. Since then, Dr. Mahdavi has taught courses in Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Economics of Developing Countries and Economics Theory and Policy.
Dr. Mahdavi’s primary research interests include issues related to developing countries and government finances. His recent research efforts focus on the budgetary aspects of the American state and local governments. Dr. Mahdavi is a three-time recipient of the College of Business Advisory Council Research Award in the 1990s.
“Fiscal Stringency and Fiscal Sustainability: Panel Evidence from the American State and Local Governments,” with Joakim Westerlund, Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 33, Issue 6, Nov.-Dec. 2011, pp. 953-69.
“The Tax-Spending Nexus: Evidence from a Panel of US State-Local Governments,” with Joakim Westerlund, Economic Modelling, Vol. 28, Issue 3, May 2011, pp. 885-890.
“The Level and Composition of Tax Revenue in Developing Countries: Evidence from Unbalanced Panel Data,” International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 17, Issue 4, October 2008, pp. 607-617.
“Shifts in the Composition of Government Spending in Response to External Debt Burden,” World Development, Vol. 32, No. 7, July 2004, pp. 1139-1157.
“The Response of U.S. Export Prices to Changes in the Dollar’s Effective Exchange Rate: Further Evidence from Industry Level Data,” Applied Economics, Vol. 34, No. 17, November 2002, pp. 2115-2125.
“Do German, Japanese, and U.S. Export Prices Asymmetrically Respond to Exchange Rate Changes? Evidence from Aggregate Data,” Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 18, No. 1, January 2000, pp. 70-81.