Mitch Mokhtari
Other Affiliations: SPH
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142M SPH
Phone: 301.405.4014 |
Office Hours: 

3pm-4pm TT & by appointment. 


Dr. Mokhtari has extensive experience in international development, domestic resource mobilization (DRM), public financial management (PFM), health system strengthening (HSS), organizational change and change management, soverighn wealth fund (SWF), and analytical modeling and simulation for policy analysis. Dr. Mokhtari has served as Visiting Associate Professor Economics at Princeton, Research Professor of Economics at New Economic School NES, Russia, and Senior Research Associate at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies-Georgia State University. He has taught economics and economic systems at Princeton University and macoeconomics and money and banking at the University of Houston. He has presented his findings at the World Forum, Harvard, Cambridge, American Economic Association AEA, American Public Health Association APHA, IMF, WB, MCC, USAID, DIW, East-West Center, etc. Dr. Mokhtari has served as the Chief of Party (COP), the Team Leader (TL), or Senior Adviser on several donors funded projects in more than fifteen countries. Dr. Mokhtari’s theoretical and quantitative research in health economics focuses on reducing health care costs, regulatory competition in health insurance market, role of information in reducing corruption in health care system, health care finance, and determinants of childhood obesity and alcohol use. Dr. Mokhtari and Dr. Wallen have conducted a three-year study funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to better understand how women with alcohol problems use treatment services. Dr. Mokhtari has lived and worked in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt, Jordan, as well as, several other countries. 

  • Recent and past Editorial Position includes: Editor, “Affordable Health Care” (JFEI); Editor, “Health and Consumer Finance” (JFCP); Editor, “Health, Economics, and Family Role,” (JFEI); Associate Editorial, Health: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
  • Dr. Mokhtari's current interest includes applications of blockchain technology to healthcare, personal finance, and economic development. Dr. Mokhtari serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues and is on the Editorial Board of thirteen scientific journals, including Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) and, in the recent past, on Advisory Board of Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT).

Dr. Mokhtari has authored articles in journals, such as, the Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, Explorations in Economic History, International Economic Journal, Empirical Economics, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Policy Modeling, Journal of Global Drug Policy & Practice, Economic Journal-HSE, Economic Policy and Poverty Journal, and Journal of economics and Family Issues and Economic Systems.

Education and Training
  • Ph.D., Economics, 1986
  • M.A.,  Economics,1984
  • B.S.,  Economics, 1976
  • FMSC 879 - Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals
  • FMSC 341 - Personal and Family Finance
  • FMSC 290 - Family Economics


Honors and Awards

• Associate Editor: Journal of Family and Economic Issues, JFEI

• Editor, Affordable Health Care; JFEI
• Editor, Health and Consumer Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, JFCP
• Editor, Health, Economics, and Family Role;  JFEI
• Co-Editor, Economic Policy and Poverty Journal (in the past)

• Editorial Boards:

  • Journal of Economics and Trade
  • Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning
  • Journal of Bioterrorism and Biosafety
  • Blockchain in Healthcare Today
  • Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss
  • Journal of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Substance Dependence
  • British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science

• Authored articles in: The Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, International Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Economic Systems, Empirical Economics, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Policy Modeling, Economic Journal, Economic Policy and Poverty Journal, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Journal of Economic Surveys.
• Taught economics at Princeton; international economic development at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland - College Park; money and banking, macroeconomics, statistics at the University of Houston; and public finance at the Eurasia University.
• Commissioner on the New Tax Code, Kyrgyz Republic; Appointed by President.
• Member of Commission on the restructuring of the State Tax Service of Armenia.
• Chief of Party: USAID Armenian Tax Improvement Program ($14.4 million) 
• Chief of Party: USAID  Albania Enabling Equitable Health Reforms ($8.5 million)
• Acting Chief of Party: USAID projects in: Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan
• Author/co-author of grants around $600,000.
• Senior advisor to the governments and parliaments of Russia, Moldova, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt, and Jordan.
• Visiting appointments: Associate Professor of Economics, Princeton University; University of Houston; Research Professor, the New Economic School-Russia; Senior Research Associate, Andrew Young School of Public Studies, Georgia State University; Fellow of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University.
• Delivered invited/funded lectures in U.S. (Harvard University), England (Cambridge University), Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, Moldova, Turkey, Spain, Canada,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Georgia, and Jordan.
• Ph.D. advisor to the recipient of American Council on Consumer Interests' Best Dissertation • Recipient of George F. Kramer Outstanding Practitioner Award for Poverty Reduction; Outstanding Service to the American Council on Consumer Interests, the “Honorary Kazakh” Awards/Robe from the Parliamentarians of Kazakhstan, the "Pochta Gramata" Award from the government of the Kyrgyz Republic,  “Certificate of Appreciation” Award from the government of Armenia.


Halamka, J., Alterovitz, G., Buchanan, B., Cenaj, T., Clauson, K., Dhillon, V.,  Hudson, F., Mokhtari, M., Porto, D. Rutschman, A., Ngo A. (2019, in press). 10 Major Themes Within Blockchain and Health Care. The Journal of Internet Law.

Halamka, J., Alterovitz, G., Buchanan, B., Cenaj, T., Clauson, K., Dhillon, V.,  Hudson, F., Mokhtari, M., Porto, D. Rutschman, A., Ngo A. (2019). Top 10 Blockchain Predictions for the (Near) Future of Healthcare, Blockchain in Healthcare Today.

 Mokhtari, M., Pollock, E., Ashtari, M. (2019, in press). Implications of Unstable Trends in Marriage, Birth, and Divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2019.1586272

 Kavtaradze, L. & Mokhtari, M. (2018). Factor Models and Time-Varying Parameter Framework for Forecasting Exchange Rates and Inflation: A Survey. Journal of Economic Surveys. 32 (2), 302-334

Mokhtari, Manouchehr; Kondracki, Anthony; Kavtaradze, Lasha; Wallen, Jacqueline; Ashtari, Mamak; Piralishvili, Gvantsa; Topuridze, Marina; Todadze, Khatuna; Kiladze, Lasha; Gachechiladze, Nino (2017). Prevalence and Correlates of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy in Georgia: Evidence from a National Survey. Journal of Global Drug Policy & Practice . Spring 2017, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p1-29. 29p.

Mokhtari, M. (2016), Affordable Health Care. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37(2), 135–139. 

Mokhtari, M. ^*, Kondracki, A. Wallen, J.,  Kavtaradze, L., et al., (2016). Binge Drinking in the Oldest Wine Country: Evidence from the Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factor Surveillance. Journal of Global Drug Policy & Practice. 10(3), 1-32.

Mokhtari, M., Abdelhamid, D., Ashtari, M. & Shenassa, D. (2015). Do Competing Health Insurance Licensors Provide Pro-patient Effects? International Economic Journal, 29(4), 571-596. DOI: 10.1080/10168737.2015.1081261

Mokhtari, M., Pollock E. (2015), Weight, Mental Health, Income and Marital Satisfaction: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss, 1(1), 1-8.

Dolan, E., & Mokhtari, M., (2013). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Pros and Cons. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(1), 1-2.

Mokhtari, M. & Ashtari, M. (2012). Role of Information in Reducing Informal Payments in Health Care Systems. Journal of Asian Economics, 23, 189-200.

Mokhtari, M. & Ashtari, M. (2012). Understanding Tax Reform. Journal of Asian Economics, 23, 168-178. Mokhtari, M. (2011). Introduction to the Thematic Issue on Health, Economics, and Family Role. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, (June 2011), 1-5 (DOI: 10.1007/s10834-011-9257-0)

Benson, L. & Mokhtari, M. (2011). Parental Employment, Shared Parent–Child Activities and Childhood Obesity. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, (June 2011), 1-12. (DOI:10.1007/s10834-011-9249-0)

Mokhtari, M. & Ashtari, M. (2010). Preparing for Transition: Lessons form the Central Asian Republics. Working Paper 2010 – 12, University of Maryland – College Park. Mokhtari, M. & Asgary, N. (2009). Effects of consumer goods shortages on fertility in Post-Soviet economy. Journal of Family Economic Issues, 30, 160-170.

Mokhtari, M. (2008). Economic Disruption and Fertility: Theory and Evidence from Recent Armenian Experience. Economic Policy & Poverty Journal, 4(2):2-7.

Mokhtari, M., & Abdoulhamid, D. (2008). Neocapture: Regulatory competition in an open market world. International Economic Journal, 22(1), 1-24.

Mokhtari, M., & Grafova, I. (2007). Corruption: Theory and evidence from the Russian Federation. Economic System, 31(4), 412-422.

Mokhtari, M. (2007). Limites to tax administration: The dynamics of taxpayer and tax inspectors behavior. Economic Policy & Poverty Journal, 4(1), 22-24.

Mokhtari, M., & Grafova, I. (2003). Tax collection, transfers, and corruption: The Russian Federation at the cross roads.Economic Journal, HSE, 7(1), 3-19.

Gregory, P., Mokhtari, M., & Schrettl, W. (1999). Do the Russians really save that much? Alternate estimates from the Russian longitudinal monitoring survey. Review of Economics and Statistics, 81(4), 694-703.

Mokhtari, M. (1996). Savings under quantity constraints: What can we learn from the former Soviet Union? Journal of Policy Modeling, 18(5),561-582.

Simon, J., Mokhtari, M., & Simon, D. (1996). Are Mergers Beneficial or Detrimental? Evidence from Advertising Agencies.International Journal of the Economics of Business, 3(1), 71-84.

Mokhtari, M., & Gregory, P. (1993). Backward bends, quantity constraints, and Soviet labor supply: Evidence from the Soviet Interview Project. International Economic Review, 34(1), 221-242.

Mokhtari, M. & Rassekh, F. (1989).Tendency Towards Factor Price Equalization in the OECD. Review of Economics and Statistics, 71, 636-642.