Mehdi Farsi

Chair of Microeconomics of the Public Sector


Mehdi obtained his PhD in Economics from University of Southern California. He also holds a DEA and MSc in Civil Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and University of Tehran. Prior to his current engagement in Neuchâtel, he has been a Senior Scientist at the ETH Zürich where he obtained his habilitation in Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics.

Mehdi’s research interest lies in topics relevant to the society, where scientific analysis can inform current policy debates. In his methods he favors eclecticism and strives for interdisciplinary approaches. His current research focuses on the determinants of energy demand and behavioral responses to market innovations and new technologies. 

Mehdi is a fierce believer in creative thinking and its important role in learning and productivity. In his teaching, he endeavors to integrate pedagogical approaches that promote critical and creative thinking applied in real-world problems. He has taught a variety of courses including Microeconomics, Game Theory, Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Applied Econometrics and Energy Economics. He also supervises student dissertations at both PhD and Master levels which he also welcomes from external students.


  • Energy Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Microeconomics of the Public Sector
  • Analysis of Productivity and Efficiency
  • Regulatory Economics


  • Microeconomics II
  • Game Theory
  • Microeconomic Policy
  • Energy Economics