Jamshid Damooei is a Professor of Economics, Director of Economics Program, and the Executive Director of the Center for Economics of Social Issues (CESI) at California Lutheran University. Prior to joining California Lutheran University, Dr. Damooei served as a Senior Economist for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Back in early 1980’s he was the Director General of the Department of Economic Studies and Policies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance of Iran.
During the last two and a half decades he has become more focused on the economic analyses of social issues and published in professional and popular journals as well as books edited on such subjects/issues. His research endeavors on the topic of investing in children resulted in publication of multiple pioneering studies on the economic impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a number of states and metropolitan areas within the USA. In all of his recent studies on children and youth, there is a strong emphasis on the impact of socio-economic status (SES) of children on their academic performance and social behavior and their opportunity to be successful in their lives as they grow up.
Professor Damooei was the recipient of the President Award for Teaching Excellence of the California Lutheran University in 2006. In 2017 he was recognized by Huffington Post as an Iranian-Americans who have made seminal contributions to their fields of endeavour and he received the Provost Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017-18 academic year.
He served as a consultant for a number of organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs across various states, Public Health, First 5, United Way, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, various foundations within Ventura and LA Counties, and a number of other non-profit organizations. Most recently, he has completed three major studies for the Ventura County Community Foundation.
His other scholarly work includes a broad spectrum of current social and economic issues such as: project design and evaluation, methods of capacity building during time of crisis, crisis prevention and recovery, causes of economic imbalances, aid coordination, privatization of industries, monetary and financial problems, and economic and social impact assessments of policies or institutional establishments.
While he worked at UNDP and later as an international consultant with UNDP and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) he conducted a number of studies on economic issues of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. His studies relate to the economic and political issues of the area faced with political instability and economic crises. He writes op-eds a number of regional newspapers and he is often interviewed by various news media. His views and commentaries on international economic issues are frequently sought by international media such as BBC and other international radios and televisions.
1981 Ph.D. in Economics, Department of Economics,University ofSurrey,Surrey,England.
1977 M.Phil in Economics, Department of Political Economy, University College London (UCL) University of London, London, England, Transferred to PhD Program.
1975 M.Sc. in Economics, Department of Economics,University of Surrey,Surrey,England.
1972 B.Sc. in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Economic Analyses of Social Issues
- Public Policy Analyses
- International Economics
- Evaluation of Projects/Programs
- Economic and Social Impact Assessment
- Study of Quality of Life Issues
Papers/Articles in Journals and Books
· Lessons From COVID-19 and Its Impact on Reallocation of Resources: Searching for a Global Perspective, Ed, Comprehensive Global Studies of COVID-19 Aftermath: Multidisciplinary Studies of the Consequences and Repercussions, Springer Publishing Company (expected date in 2021).
· Can President Biden Restore Hope, Narrow the Division Among Opposing Groups and Build a Better America? Published online in Globalization for the Common Good Initiative, UK, February, 2021.
· Economics of the Debt Crisis and Its Impact on the Developing Countries, Ed, The Changing Landscape of Global Financial Governance and the Role of Soft Law, Brill Martines Nijhoff Publishers, June 2015.
· The True Value of Liberal Arts Education, Spring Editions, June 2015, Journal of Globalization for the Common Good Initiatives, Wilmington College, Ohio, USA
· Economic Efficiency and Ethical Behavior: Exploring Ideas on the Creation of Economic Values, the Workings of a Virtuous Market, and the Role of Profit, December 2014, Journal of Globalization for the Common Good Initiatives, Wilmington College, Ohio, USA
· Coauthored Batch-Level Costs in Activity-Based Costing Refinement, Optimization and Allocation (2009), International Business and economics Research Journal
· Globalization: Is It the Promise for Greater World Economic Convergence and a Better and More Equitable Future for Developing Countries? Journal of Globalization for the Common Good, Spring of 2007. UK.
· Coauthored Dimensions of Sustainable Diversity in Information Technology: Applications in the IT College Major and career Aspirations among Underrepresented High School Students of color, Goran Trajkoski, ed. (2006), Diversity in IT Education: Issues and Controversies, IDEA Group Publishers.
· Coauthored The Effect of Foreign Direct Investment and Imports on Economic Growth: A Comparative Analysis of Thailand and the Philippines (1970-1998), Journal of Developing Areas (spring of 2006).
· Coauthored Stretching Horizons: Stimulating Information Technology Education, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 115-122, 2006.
· Analyzing Somalia’s Past and Present Economic Constraints and Opportunities for Creating a Conducive Future Economic Environment, Published in Hossein M. Adam and Richard Ford, ed. (1997). Mending Rips in the Sky: Options for Somali Communities in the 21st Century, Red Sea Press, USA. Also a synopsis of this paper appeared in IFTIN Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, June 1994.
· Privatization: The Concept and the Promise for the Third World Countries. A Discussion Paper presented at the CLU Global Trade Center Seminar on ‘Privatization and Business Opportunity in Eastern Europe’. It was also presented at the ‘Second Conference on Planning and Economic Development’ in Tehran, Iran on January 1993. The paper was published by the Institute for Research in Planning and Development of the Planning organization of Iran (Jan.1993), Proceedings of the Second Conference on Planning and Development.
· Where is the Vanishing Cash? An Economic Study of the Recent Cash Shortages in Somalia's Banking System. United Nations Development Program, Published by UNDP Somalia Aug. 1989 also reappeared in ‘Industrial Management Review’ Vol. 8 No.1, 1990, Mogadishu
List of Current Op-Eds in Relation to Pandemic and From March 2020 to June 2021
· Real reason to US slow response to the
· COVID-19 is proving that poverty is a human-made lethal disease that can only be cured by improving our economic system and allowing for greater cooperation to prevail on a global scale.
· Going back to normal is not an option when the pandemic is over. We need to create a new normal that can respond to our needs.
· Trust in our leaders to steer us out of crisis is lacking: Opening up has to be done cautiously based on our ability to protect people, as has been done in those countries that have successfully opened up.
A tale of Two Counties
We won’t unify our fragmented nation by requesting a change of heart in people. But we can do it by creating a vision for a just and equitable society that can be brought about through relevant and effective public policies. https://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/11/21/guest-editorial-build-unity-by-finding-common-ground-address-problems/3768103001/
We know that the future will bring structural changes to our production system and the definition of work. Progress always brings new ideas and ways of managing our lives and moving toward a prosperous future. https://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/editorials/2021/01/09/guest-column-cash-assistance-american-families-myth-vs-reality/6567392002/
· The debate about helping American families and the economy is going on and almost half of the representatives and senators resist a significant number of its provisions. corrupt electoral system. Read my latest op-ed and if you agree with it, please share it through your social media or any other means available.
· Give American middle-and low-income earners a break. https://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/editorials/2021/04/03/guest-editorial-give-american-middle-and-low-income-earners-a-break/4842272001/
· Taxing and investing on our future is essential.
Recent Monographs/Policy Papers/Evaluations Reports Prepared and Published on the Regional, National and International Economic and Social Issues (From 2010 to 2021)
· Evaluation Human Trafficking Task Force Led by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, ongoing, several reports have been prepared and the final report is scheduled for 2022.
· State of Region Report, commissioned and sponsored by the Civic Alliance of Ventura County, Expected in November 2021.
· Domestic Violence and Process Evaluation of the Newly Established Family Justice Center in Ventura County, in collaboration with Molly George and Abell, Leslie, expected date to complete the study, September 2021.
· Community Profile of Ventura County: Looking into the Existing Socio-Economic and Demographic Profile at Present and During Recent Years. This study was commissioned by CBC Federal Credit Union in collaboration with Gerhard Apfelthaler, (September 2020)
· Looking into the Imperative of Creating a Universal High-Quality Early Childhood Education in Ventura County: An Essential Step towards Creating A Better Tomorrow for All, Commissioned by Ventura County Community Foundation, March 2019. A revised version of it is in process.
· The Future of Caregiving for an Aging Population: Increasing Community and Economic Vitality in Ventura County, Commissioned by Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), January 2019.
· Economic Impact of Establishing Family Justice Center in Ventura County, a pro bono research work to help Ventura County DA Office and other collaborating partners in the county. Pro bono 2019. Various reports generated and shared with Ventura County DA Office.
· Wealth Accumulation in the 21st Century, January 2018. Thought Leadership Series (London Based Organization)
· Gap Analysis for Preconception to Age Five Blueprint for Funding (Fresno County), A study conducted as the principal investigator for La Pina Consulting, 2018
· Transfer of Wealth in Ventura County: Using the Existing and the Emerging Philanthropic Giving to Strengthen the Quality of Life in Ventura County for the Next Fifty Years, A Study Commissioned by Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), March 2018.
· Economic Impact of Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County, 2018.
· Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health in Ventura County, commissioned by Gold Coast Health Plan. A research contract in collaboration with other colleague (CESI, School of Management, California Lutheran University), November 2017
· Economic and Social Impact of Connections Community Programs in the State of Delaware: November 2017.
· Economic and Social Impact of KidSTREAM Children Museum in Ventura County: December 2017.
· Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health in Ventura County, commissioned by Gold Coast Health Plan (currently underway). A research contract in collaboration with other colleague at the Center for the Study of Economics of Social Issues (CESI), November 2017.
· Economic and Social Impact of Connections Community Programs in the State of Delaware: Working Together with Partners to improve the lives of Individuals and Groups in Need within the State of Delaware, November 2017
· Economic and Social Impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the State of Delaware, May 2016
· Final Report for Evaluation of Ventura County Juvenile Specialty Court Community Integration Program (JSCCIP) May 2016.
· Economic Growth and Educational Opportunities for the West End & Inland Empire Region, commissioned by WestEd, June 2015
· Economic and Social Impact of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, August 2015
· Economic and Social Impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, October 2015
· State of the Region, commissioned and sponsored by the Civic Alliance of Ventura County, May 2017
· Community Survey of Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard, Ventura County, California, October 2014.
· Evening Reporting Center Project, Prepared for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme July 2014
· State of the Region, commissioned and sponsored by the Civic Alliance of Ventura County, May 2015.
· Economic Impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Funerary 2014
· The Boys and Girls Clubs in Ventura County: Serving the Economic Interests of the Region while Providing a Positive Place for Kids. This Report Measures the Total Economic Impact of all the Boys and Girls Clubs in Ventura County, June 2014
· An Interim Report for Juvenile Specialty Court Community Integration Program (JSCCIP) July 2014
· Oxnard Alliance for Community Strength The Annual Report: The Impact of Alliance in Brining the Community Through Emphasizing on Prevention, Sharing Ideas, Learning the Best Practices, and Building the Capacity for Its Long Term Sustainability, August 2014
· The Impact of Peace Education Program around the World A Program Designed and Implemented By The Prem Rawat Foundation, June 2014
· Economic impact of Boys & Girls Clubs in Miami-Dade County in Florida (June 2013)
· State of the Region, commissioned and sponsored by the Civic Alliance of Ventura County (February 2013)
· Annual Evaluation of Targeted Reentry Aftercare Mentoring Program (RAMP), Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme, (December 2012).
· Economic impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County in Florida (October 2012).
· Awakening Minds-Changing Path project (2011-2012) Final Evaluation Report, presented to City of Oxnard Recreation and Community Services.
· Report of after-school evaluation for Rio School District for 2010-2011, March 2012.
· Report of the Findings from HEDIS Childhood Obesity Clinic/Physician Feedback Survey, Clinical Programs and State Sponsored Business WellPoint Inc, January 2012.
· Evaluation of Brain Training Project, Hardy Brian Training: Creating a Brighter Future, Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, 2011
· Project Evaluation Report for Oxnard Community Peace Project (OCPP), March 2011.
· Awakening Minds-Changing Paths, Program Evaluation Report 2011, City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department, A Cal GRIP sponsored program.
· Cultural and Linguistic Needs Assessment (GNA) for the BlueShield of California, prepared for the State Programs Sales & Business Development, August 2011.
· Economic Impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of California Provided for the State of
California Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 2011.
· Economic Impact of the Boys & Girls Club of Fontana, 2011.
· Economic Impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey Provided for the Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the State of New Jersey, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 2011.
· United Way Community Impact Survey, 2011.
· Report of after-school evaluation for Rio School District for 2010-2011, March 2011.
· Economic Impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County, 2010.
· Economic Impact of the Alliance of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles, 2010
· State of Region: an Interim Report, Ventura County Civic Alliance, sponsored by the Ventura County Community Foundation, 2010.
· Economic Impacts of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley of Sun (Arizona), 2010.
· Report of after-school evaluation for Rio School District for 2009-2010, March 2010.
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