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Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Economics, Finance & Accounting; Co-Director, Center for Leadership & Values; Interim Director, MPPA

Phone: (805) 493-3357


Jamshid Damooei is Professor and Chair of Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting and Co-Director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University. He currently serves as the Interim Director for the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) Program. Prior to joining California Lutheran University, Dr. Damooei served as 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 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.

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. 

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.


  • "A Critical Analysis of Economic Assistance to Needy Countries"
  • "A Survey of Current Changes (Economic and Political) in Somalia"
  • "Analysis of Social Indicators in Ventura County"
  • "Looking into the Economic Profile of Ventura County: Past, Present and Future Challenges"
  • "Privatization: The Concept and the Promise"
  • "Quality of Life Issues in Ventura County"
  • "The Current State of the Iranian Economy"
  • "Economic Changes in the United States: Recession and Recovery"
  • "Analyzing Somalia's Past and Present Constraints and Opportunities for Creating a Conducive Future Economic Environment"
  • "The Current State of the Iranian Economy"