Dr. Usamah F. Al Farhan

Title:Assistant Professor
Room #:1008
Ext. #:1850

Fields of Interest:

Microeconomics, Labor Economics.


Ph.D. Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock/TX, 2010
Usamah Al Farhan, Assistant Professor of Economics at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), is a labor economist whose main areas of interest are wage/earnings differentials and discrimination across various demographic groups, as well as differentials across economic sectors, particularly the public-private wage differential in countries that implement various policy measures to augment nationalization of their domestic labor markets. Also, he is interested in studying migration, time use and the causes and consequences of earnings inequalities. After graduating with a Ph.D. in economics from Texas Tech University in 2010, he joined the USAID funded Fiscal Reform Project in Jordan, working on capacity building and training of government officials at various levels. He has been part of the Department of Economics and Finance faculty since fall of 2013, offering courses in microeconomics, labor economics and mathematical economics.

Selected Publications:

  • Al-farhan, U. (2010). A Detailed Decomposition of Changes in Wage Inequality in Reunified Post-Transition Germany 1999-2006: Accounting for Sample Selection. SOEPpapers 269, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  • Al-farhan, U. (2010). Changes in the Gender Wage Gap in Germany during a Period of Rising Wage Inequality 1999-2006: Was it Discrimination in the Returns to Human Capital? SOEPpapers 293, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  • Al-Farhan, U. and Oran, A. (2003). The Determinants of Interest Rates in Jordan: An Empirical Investigation during 1990 - 2002. The Journal of Social Sciences, Vol.33, No.1, the Academic Publication Council, Kuwait University.