May 21, 2015
Abdullah Al Bahrani is an Assistant Professor of Economics at
Northern Kentucky University, where he serves as the Principles of
Abdullah’s research interests are in the fields
of Industrial Organization and Education of Economics. Currently,
his primary focus is on innovative approaches to teaching
Economics. In Industrial Organization, his research examines market
structure and competition in the banking and real estate
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Al Bahrani worked
in the mortgage industry from 2003-2006. He has also served as
outside economic consult to the Ministry of Education, Sultanate of
Oman and new business ventures entering Oman.
Abdullah received his Ph.D. in Economics from
the University of Kentucky in 2010, where he received an award for
Best Economics Graduate Teaching Assistant.
- why Abdullah decided to do a Phd in Economics in
2006 and left the mortgage industry just before it
- about Abdullah’s economic consultancy work with
the Sultanate of Oman.
- about Abdullah’s connection when reviewing labor
market studies in Oman (Hint: She is the Director General of the
National Centre of Career Guidance and is as maternal to Abdullah
as Oman is to him).
- how Oman are creating an entrepreneurial spirit
to drive is economy in the future.
- why Oman is faced with difficulties in
transitioning to an entrepreneurial economy.
- how Omani culture is preventing it’s people to
take on risk and why incentives do not work.
- about Abdullah’s suggestion that to create an
entrepreneurial spirit in Oman, the labor market must first be
- why discrimination exists in the Omani labor
market and why US and UK ex-pats would be a preferred
- how data limitations for Oman make it difficult
to conduct an empirical analysis of the labor market.
- about Oman’s tourism initiative to create Oman
as an eco-friendly destination.
- how Abdullah is integrating social media into
the classroom, making education a more interactive and conducive
learning environment for students.
- how to create a sense of community in a
- why Abdullah received an Easter basket of
goodies from a student’s mother.
- why Abdullah is ‘helping his students to ‘clean’
their social media footprint.
- about the research Abdullah is doing on racial
discrimination in the labor market.
- how Abdullah is identifying how racial
discrimination is evident in online markets where, unlike
traditional markets, the color of your skin is not a
- how Abdullah was racially discriminated against
in both the labor market and when selling mortgage loans in the
- how Abdullah dealt with racial discrimination
and how it gave him his Phd dissertation question.
- how online price comparison websites may
actually be anti-competitive.
- how online stores are eating into the consumer
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