Sasan Bakhtiari ساسان بختیاری

Senior Economist

Australian Dept. of Industry and Science


Crawford School of Public Policy,

Australian National University

Work Phone : (+61 2) 9397 1639

email :

Research Interests


Business Performance,

Empirical Industrial Organization,


Control and Systems Theory.

Not So Short Bio

I started as an engineer, receiving my bachelor's in Electronics and then my Master's in Control and System Theory From the University of Tehran. However, my interests shifted and I completed my doctorate in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. My expertise is in the production and analysis of huge firm-level data matched from various sources. I am currently interested in the mechanics of growth, innovation and outsourcing among small and medium enterprises (SME). As a senior economist working with commonwealth government of Australia, I am applying my knowledge and expertise to improve national policies that address growth and innovation among Australian businesses, especially the Australian SMEs.

Different topics I have been studying over the past years include outsourcing decisions and their effect on the business performance, R&D and knowledge spillover, and innovation and patenting among firms. Recently, I have also engaged in studying the response of firms to the Australian Carbon Pricing Scheme and the technological impact of those policies.

Currently, my focus has shifted towards entrepreneurship and the role of various factors in the success and failure of entrepreneurs. For this purpose, I am making use of the Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) which is the largest firm-level dataset available in Australia (and probably in many countries)

Last Update Aug.12, 2019