Concise Encyclopedia of Iranian Economy

Ash Navabi, a friend who was born in Iran and is a dual citizen of Iran and Canada, sent me a gift a few weeks ago. It is pictured above. This is my Iranian version Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.

Here is the story he told me. This summer he visited Mashhad, Iran. It is the second most populous city in Iran, with a population of about 3 million. He came across a small bookstore.

Let’s let Ash say it:

I asked the staff there if they had an economics department, and to my surprise, they did. Out of approximately 30 books in the category, I noticed 2 each [here he spells out my name in Farsi]-“David Henderson!”

In short, it is a copy of your short encyclopedia, translated into Persian. The front page states that this is actually the second printing of the book from 2018 with 500 copies. I bought it for a cover price of 155,000 tomans, roughly $5.

I told Ash that since 2008 I had sold the translation rights into several languages ​​but, unless my memory serves me, I had not sold the Persian translation rights. [My records on sale of rights, and this is uncharacteristic of me, are not good.] I’m thinking correctly, it’s a bootleg copy. But I’m not upset. Iran’s economy needs all the good economic thinking it can get.

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