Shapoor Vali was born in Ghazvin, a town 85 miles south of Tehran. He graduated from the National University of Iran with a BA in Political Economy. After graduation, he worked for the Institute for Social Research, University of Tehran for over 4 years, the last two years of it as coordinator of socio-economic study of the ancient city of Shiraz, which was part of the city’s master plan. After receiving his MS degree in Economics from University of Pittsburgh, he returned to Iran and taught at Motahedin University and then joined Iran Statistical Center (ISC), the information arm of the Organization for Planning and Budget. At ISC, He coordinated a census of population and housing pilot conducted in Khuzestan province which was still partially occupied by invading Iraqi forces. He rolled into city of Abadan, then the site of the largest refinery in the world, with the liberating forces of Iranian resistance. He received his Ph.D. form University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and joined the teaching staff of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. His most recent article “Deriving the Trace of Optimal Output for a Noncompetitive Firm” appeared in March 2012 issue of the Atlantic Economic Journal. He is currently working on his forthcoming book Principal of Mathematical Economics, which will be published by Springer.