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Dr. Yaghoob Jafari


Phone: +49-228-73 2502

Research Interests:

  • International trade
  • Policy modelling in trade and agriculture
  • trade and sustainability


Currently teaching
  • Applied trade theory and policy (winter term, master program)
  • Research Seminar in Agricultural and Development Policy (summer term, master program)
Previously taught
  • Applied modeling of agricultural systems (master program)


2008-2011      Ph.D (Economics), National University of Malaysia (UKM)
2005-2007      MA (Economics), Islamic Azad University (Shiraz Branch)
2001-2004      BA (Economics), Chamran University of Ahvaz

Employment history:

Institute For Food And Resource Economics

April 1, 2016 to Present


Petrochemical Industries Investment Company

to March-2016

Finance Manager

World Bank

to April-2014

Economic Consultant

National University of Malaysia

April -2012
to April -2013


National University of Malaysia

to September 30-2010

Graduate research Assistant

Various universities:Islamic Azad University of Shira, Islamic Azad University of Lamerd, Payam Norr University of Lamerd, Payam Norr University of Asaluyeh, Parsian University of Mohr, National University of Malaysia 


Part time teaching

Ongoing Projects

Better Agri-food Trade Modelling for Policy Analysis(Role: leader of work package 3 "Markets, quality and competiation") Link

Transform2Bio (Role: Modelling implementation and application for WP 3.1c "regional impact assessment of bioeconomy pathways") Link


Yaghoob Jafari,Maximilian Koppenberg, Stefan Hirsch,Thomas Heckelei (2022). Markups and Export Behavior: Firm-Level Evidence from the French Food Processing Industry. American Journal of Agriculturl Economics (forthcoming).

Yaghoob Jafari,Wolfgang Britz,Houssein Guimbard,Jayson Beckman (2021). Properly capturing tariff rate quotas for trade policy analysis in computable general equilibrium models.Economic Modelling . 104(2021):105620

Yaghoob Jafari,Mihaly Himics,Wolfgang Britz,Jayson Beckman (2021). It is all in the details: A bilateral approach for modelling trade agreements at the tariff line. Canadian Journal of Agriculturl Economics. 69(3):415-442

Linmei Shang, Yaghoob Jafari, and Thomas Heckelei (2020). Market and Welfare Impact Assessment of the Target Price-Based Subsidy Program in the Chinese Cotton Market.The Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development ,17(1):2020

Jafari, Y., Britz, W., Dudu, H., Roson, R., Sartori, M. (2020). Can Food Waste Reduction in Europe Help to Increase Food Availability and Reduce Pressure on Natural Resources Globally? German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 69 (2):143-168

Jamal Othman, Yaghoob Jafari(2019) Economic Valuation of an Urban Lake Recreational Park: Case of Taman Tasik Cempaka in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia , Sustainability , 11(11):1-15.

Yaghoob Jafari, Wolfgang Britz and Jayson Beckman (2019) The impacts to food consumers of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Bio-based and Applied Economics 7(2):139-160

Yaghoob Jafari, Wolfgang Britz (2018) Brexit: an economy-wide impact assessment on trade, immigration, and foreign direct investment, Empirica ,47(1): 17-52

Yaghoob Jafari, Wolfgang Britz (2018) Modelling heterogeneous firms and non-tariff measures in free trade agreements using Computable General Equilibrium, Economic Modelling, 73:279-294

Yaghoob Jafari, Jamal Othman, Peter Witzke, and Sufian Jusoh (2017) Risks and opportunities from key importers pushing for sustainability: the case of Indonesian palm oil, Agricultural and Food Economics,5(13):DOI 10.1186/s40100-017-0083-z

Yaghoob Jafari, Jamal Othman, Arnim Kuhn (2017) Evaluating the Market and Welfare Impacts of Agri-Environmental Policies in Malaysian Rice Sector, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies , 54(2):179-201

Yaghoob Jafari, Maryam Farhadi, ANDREA Zimmermann, and Masoud Yahoo (2017)Economic Liberalization and the Environmental Kuznets Curve: Some Empirical Evidence, Journal of Economic Development, 42(1):1-16

Yaghoob Jafari & Jamal Othman (2016) :Impact of biofuel development on Malaysian agriculture: a comparative statics, multicommodity, multistage production, partial equilibrium approach, Food and Energy Security, 5(13):192-202

Jamal Othman &Yaghoob Jafari  (2016) Identification of the key sectors that produce CO2 emissions in Malaysia: application of input–output analysis, Carbon Management ,7(1-2):113-124.

Yaghoob Jafari, Mohd Adib Ismail, Jamal Othman and Mawar Murni Yunus (2015), Energy consumption, emissions and economic growth in Bahrain, Chinese Journal of Population and Resource Economics,,13(15): 2015

Yaghoob Jafari & Jamal Othman (2015) : A Comparative Statics, Partial Equilibrium, Multi-Commodity Model for Malaysian Agriculture, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, 52(2):  2015.

Jafari, Yaghoob and David G. Tarr (2015), “Estimates of Ad Valorem Equivalents of Barriers Against Foreign Suppliers of Services in Eleven Services Sectors and 103 Countries,” World Economy. , 40(3):544-573.

Mostafa Ghasemi, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Javed Alam,Yaghoob Jafari, Mehdi Sedighi, Saad A. Aljlil, Hamid Ilbeygi (2015), Sulfonated poly ether ether ketone with different degree of sulphonation in microbial fuel cell: Application study and economical analysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,41 (8):4862-4871.

Jamal Othman and Jafari, Yaghoob (2014), “Selected Research issues in Malaysian Agricultural Sector, Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia/ Malaysian Journal of Economics, 48(2): 127-136

Jamal Othman, Goh Hong Lip and Yaghoob Jafari (2014), Benefits Valuation of Potable Water Quality Improvement in Malaysia: Case of Kajang Municipality. International Journal of water resource management, 30(4):621-634

Yaghoob Jafari, Jamal Othman and Abu Hassan Shaari Mohd Nor (2012), Energy Consumption, Economic Growth and Environmental Pollutants in Indonesia, Journal of Policy Modeling, 34(6):879–889

Jamal Othman, Yaghoob Jafari (2011) Accounting for Depletion of Oil and Gas Resources in Malaysia, Journal of Natural Resource Research, 21(4): 483-494.

Jamal Othman, Mustafa Acar and Yaghoob Jafari (2013), Towards OIC Economic Cooperation: Impact Of Developing 8 (D-8) Preferential Trade Agreement, Singapore Economic Review, 58(2)-2013.

Tamat Sarmidi, Siong Hook Law, and Yaghoob Jafari (2011), Resource curse: New evidence of the role of institutions, International Economic Journal, 28(1):191-206

Jamal Othman, Yaghoob Jafari, and Tamat Sarmidi (2013), Economic Growth, Foreign Direct Investment, Macroeconomic Conditions and Sustainability in Malaysia, Applied Econometrics and International Development (AEID),14(1): 215-226

Mostafa Ghasemi, Wan Ramli Wan Dauda, Mostafa Rahimnejadc, Majid Rezayid, Amin Fatemif, Yaghoob Jafari, M.R. Somalua, Alireza Manzourh (2013), Copper-phthalocyanine and nickel nanoparticles as novel cathode catalysts in microbial fuel cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,38(22):9533-9540

Mostafa Ghasemi, Wan Ramli Wan Daud , Ahmad Fauzi Ismail , Yaghoob Jafari, Manal Ismail, Alireza Mayahi , Jamal Othman (2013) . Simultaneous wastewater treatment and electricity generation by microbial fuel cell: Performance comparison and cost investigation of using Nafion 117 and SPEEK as separators, Desalination ,325(2013):1-6.

Jamal Othman, A Faroby Falatehan, Yaghoob Jafari (2012), Genuine Saving for Malaysia: What Does it Tell? International Journal of Management studies, 19(1), 151-174.

Jamal Othman & Yaghoob Jafari (2011), Effects of Cooking Oil Subsidy Removals on Related Markets: A Comparative Static, Multi-Commodity, Multi Stage Production Approach, International Journal of Management Studies 18(2), 121-144.

Yaghoob Jafari, Mohd Adib Ismail and Morteza Sadegh Kouhestani (2011), Determinants of Trade Flow Among D8 Countries: Evidence from the Gravity Model, Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, Volume 32, 3:21-38.

Yaghoob Jafari and Jamal Othman (2013), Potential Impact of Malaysian–US Free Trade Agreement, Journal of International and Global Economic Studies (volume 3, 2013).

Jamal Othman, Yaghoob Jafari (2010) “Does Freer Trade Liberalization Benefit Malaysia?” The Swiss Review of International Economic Relations, 65(2), 191:214.

Zaur Gojayev, Tamat Sarmidi, Norlida Mohd Salleh and Yaghoob Jafari (2012), Economic Development, Co2 Emissions and Fossil Fuel Consumption in Turkey: An Ardl Bounds Testing Approach, Journal of Academic Research in Economics, 4(3): 257-270


Working Papers

Jafari, Yaghoob and David G. Tarr (2014), “Estimates of Ad Valorem Equivalents of Barriers Against Foreign Suppliers of Services in Eleven Services Sectors and 103 Countries,” World Bank Policy and Research Working Paper  No 7096 .

Andrea Zimmermann, Julian Benda, Heidi Webber and Yaghoob Jafari (2018, “Trade, food security and climate change: conceptual linkages and policy implications ,” Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2018.

JAFARI, Y., BRITZ, W. (2016): Prospects of the Food Processing Sector under Tariff and Non-Tariff Measures Liberalization in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Discussion Paper 2016:1, Link

Authors(in alphabetical order): Britz, W., Dudu, H., Fusacchia, I., Jafari, Y., Roson, R., Salvatici, L., Sartori, M. (2019)Economy-wide analysis of food waste reductions and related costs . JRC techinical reports:Link

Miles K. Light,M.; Jafari Y.,Shepotylo,O.,Markusen, J.T. (2016).Quantifying Non-Tariff Barriers between GCC Trade Partners,Project report prepared for the Ministry of Finance of the United Arab Emirates.


Other project Papers with the World Bank

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014). “Foreign Discriminatory Barriers to Services Providers and Estimates of the Ad Valorem Equivalents (Aves) of the Regulatory Barriers in the 11 Services Sectors for 103 Countries,” Memo, October 2, Available at:

Jafari, Y., 2013, Mapping From the World Bank to the Australian Classification of Services Restrictions, June 2013. .

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014), “Ad Valorem Equivalents of Barriers to Services Providers in Kenya,” mimeo, March 22, 2014. Available at:

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014), “Ad Valorem Equivalents of Barriers to Services Providers in Tanzania,” mimeo, March 22, 2014. Available at:

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014), “Foreign Discriminatory Barriers to Services Providers and Estimates of the Ad Valorem Equivalents (AVEs) of the Regulatory Barriers in the 11 Services Sectors for 103 countries,” mimeo. March 22, 2014. Available at:

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014), “Calculation of the Weighted Average AVEs of the Services Barriers in Ten Regions,” mimeo, March 18, 2014. Available at:

Jafari, Yaghoob (2014). “Different Region’s Ownership Shares of Tanzanian and Kenyan Services Sectors,” mimeo, January 13. Available at:

Jafari, Yaghoob (2012), “Ad Valorem Equivalents of Barriers to Services Providers in Malaysia,” Kuala Lumpur, mimeo. Available at

Jafari, Yaghoob (2012), “Foreign Vs. Domestic Ownership Share in Malaysian Services
Sectors,” Kuala Lumpur, mimeo


Last updated: Tuesday, January 04, 2022