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Dr Muntasir Shami - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Muntasir Shami Dr Muntasir Shami

Research Associate | Aston University


Muntasir Shami joined the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship (EFE) department at Aston Business School in September 2018.





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Muntasir Shami joined the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship (EFE) department at Aston Business School in September 2018 as a Research fellow in Economics and a Research fellow at the Department of Economics and the Centre for the Study of Economics (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. Prior to that, Muntasir worked as a Lecturer in Business Economics at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests span across various areas of Development Economics, Entrepreneurship, Institutions, Political Economy and Business Improvement. Muntasir is currently working on labor market interventions to help integration, assimilation and job finding for Syrian refugees in the Jordan.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Business Improvement



Development Economics

Gender and Entrepreneurship

Political Economy

Education (4)

Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport: BA, Business Administration 2007

University of Birmingham: MSc, Economic Policy and International Business 2012

Aston University: PGCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2017

Aston University: PhD, Economics 2018

Affiliations (4)

  • Higher Education Academy : Fellow
  • Academy of Management : Member
  • British Academy of Management : Member
  • Centre for the Study of African Economics : Member

Articles (2)

Institutional Discontinuity and Business Creation in MENA Region countries

Academy of Management Proceedings

What happens to entrepreneurship and attitudes towards entrepreneurship when institutions change due to conflict (e.g. revolutions, uprisings, wars, etc.)? We explore this question by investigating how recent institutional changes related to the Arab Spring revolutions influence decisions to start a business in Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. The Arab Spring Revolutions created a change in the political and economic fabric in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship: The Impact of Political Institutional Change

Academy of Management Proceedings

In this paper we use an institutional perspective to investigate the ways in which formal political institutional change over time and controlling for informal personal characteristics of individuals (self-efficacy and fear of failure), influences entrepreneurial activity in a large panel of countries. We draw our conclusions by estimating panel regressions using a combination of several datasets: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Heritage Foundation, Polity IV, World Bank and Freedom House. In particular we estimate several models that include 5 measures of political institutional change (democratization, political freedom, regulation/stability of property rights, freedom from corruption and political legitimacy) over time with Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) rates.

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