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Nasim Baghban Ferdows

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Economics PhD Candidate
Office Location
250 Knapp Bldg
Office Phone
(313) 664-2637
Research Focus

Health Economics, Production Function, Healthy Aging, Successful Aging  

Courses Taught

 Principles of Microeconomics


PhD in Economics, WSU, Detroit, MI, U.S.A. (2011-current)

Field: Health Economics

Advisor: Prof. Gail A. Jensen

M.A. in Economics, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran. (March 2009)

Field: Industrial Organization

B.S. in Mathematics, Iran University of Science & Technology, Tehran, Iran. (Feb 2006)

Field: Theoretical Mathematics  


Health and Retirement Study (HRS) workshop:

Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, (June 8th -12th, 2015).

Professional Associations

§  Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

§  Midwest Economics Association (MEA)

§  International Health Economics Association (iHEA)

Honors and Awards

§ Elizabeth Olson Memorial Award for Best Paper in Gerontology, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University (2016)

§ Wayne State University Graduate and Postdoc Research Symposium (2016): Second place poster award

§ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award, 2015-2016 academic year.

§ Institute of Gerontology Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2014-present; 2 consecutive years.

§ Wayne State University Travel Award, 2 times (2015)

§ Institute of Gerontology Supplemental Travel Award, 2times (2015)


Journal Articles

-Ferdows, N.B., Jensen, G.A., Tarraf, W. (2016) “Healthy Aging after Age 65: A Life Span Health Production Function Approach”Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, under review.

-Ferdows, N.B., Jensen, G.A., Tarraf, W. (2015) “Direct and Indirect Effects of Childhood Circumstances on Healthy Aging among Older Adults”, Health Economics, under review.

-Jensen, G.A., Salloum, R.G., Hu, J., Ferdows, N.B., Tarraf, W. (2015). “A slow start: Use of preventive services among seniors following the Affordable Care Act's enhancement of Medicare benefits in the U.S.”, Preventive Medicine, Vol. 76, P 37–42.

-Feizpour, M.A., Ferdows, N.B., Ghorbani, A. (2009). “Industrial Structure and the Minimum Efficient Scale of Iran’s Industry: Case Study of Food Processing Industry”, Knowledge & Technology Journal of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, No.1, Vol.1, P 1-23.

Conference Proceedings

Ferdows, N.B., Keshvari, A., Ferdows, A.B. (2010). “Productivity Analysis of Iranian Manufacturing Industries: Data Envelopment Analysis”, Performance, Management and Measurement with Data Envelopment Analysis, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of DEA, December 2010, P 82-89.

Ongoing Research

-   “A longitudinal Study on Stability and Changes in Healthy Aging over a one Decade Period“, (Ferdows, N.B., Jensen, G.A., Tarraf, W.).

-   “Physical and Mental Health Production Function after Age 65: A life Span Health Production Function Approach“, (Ferdows, N.B., Jensen, G.A., Tarraf, W.).

Research Support/Funding

 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award, 2015-2016 academic year.

Academic Experience

Graduate Research Assistant of , Institute of Gerontology, WSU (Sep 2014-present)

          Professors Gail Jensen-Summers and Wassim Tarraf

          Research Area: Health Care Disparities

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, WSU (Aug 2012- Aug 2014)

          Instructor for Principles of Microeconomics; ECO 2010

Research Assistant of Prof. Ikram, School of Business Administration, WSU (May 2012- Aug 2012)

          Research Area: Corporate Finance

Research Assistant of Prof. Mougoue', School of Business Administration, WSU (Jan 2012- Aug 2012)

Research Assistant of Prof. Tangari, School of Business Administration, WSU (Jan 2012- May 2012)

           Research Area: Product Labelling

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Principles of Microeconomics; ECO 2010, Department of Economics, WSU (Aug 2012- Aug 2014; 6 semesters)


Conference Presentations

-Midwest Economics Association’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Orrington, Evanston, IL. (April 1st-3rd, 2016), Accepted.

-2016 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI. (March 4th, 2016).

-The Gerontological Society of America's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida. (Nov 18th – 22nd, 2015).

-2015 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. (March 13th, 2015).

-2015 Lifespan Alliance Graduate Research Day, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, (Feb 13th, 2015).

-8th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA2010), Performance, Management and Measurement, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. (June 10th-12th, 2010).

Poster Presentations

-5th Annual Pediatrics Research Day: Immunity and Child Health, VanAndel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI. (March 23rd, 2015), Accepted.

-WSU 2016 Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research Symposium, Wayne State University (March 22nd, 2016), Accepted.

- 2016 Lifespan Alliance Graduate Research Day, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, (Feb 12th, 2016).

-14th Annual Pediatrics Research Day, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. (March 18th, 2015).