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Research ALMANAC 2017 Held

The two-day long BIDS Research ALMANAC was held on 6-7 December, 2017 at Lakeshore hotel in Dhaka with the theme of “Bridging the Research-Policy Divide”. The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity to undergo public scrutiny of BIDS work and to highlight new research ideas and findings. The event allowed broad spectrum of academics, practitioners, experts and civil society members to be engaged with BIDS research. Spread over a total of six technical sessions, this year’s ALMANAC had 21 papers by BIDS researchers. The sessions were titled Agriculture, External Price Shocks & Rural Well-being, Labour Market Issues, Financial Markets & Financial Inclusion, Climate Change , Natural Disaster and Environment, Entitlement, Welfare & Violence and Exports, Firm Performance & Productivity Growth. 

Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, inaugurated the event as the Chief Guest and Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, former governor, Bangladesh Bank was present as the special guest. Mr. M Syeduzzaman, Former Finance Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was present as the Guest of Honour. Dr. K A S Murshid, Director General of BIDS chaired the inaugural session and made the opening remarks. The concluding session “Bridging the Research-Policy Divide” was chaired by the eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan with distinguished panellists drawn from the public and private sector. The Conference was attended by eminent scholars, policy makers, development practitioners, civil society members, activists, advocacy groups and journalists and generated a lot of interest and provided an effective platform of engagement with key stake holders. 

The presentations and videos of the program are available below.

Inaugural Session  Youtube_logo

Chair: Dr. K A S Murshid, Director General, BIDS

Chief Guest: Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Guest of Honour: Mr. M Syeduzzaman, Former Finance Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 

Special Guest: Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank

Technical Session 1: Agriculture , External Price Shocks & Rural Well-being   Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Intensive and Extensive Land Supply Response to Agricultural Crops

Zabid Iqbal. Find the Presentation  pdf

Paper 2: Crop Diversification For dietary Quality: Evidence from Bangladesh Farm Household

Mohammad Riaz Uddin.  Find the Presentation   pdf

Paper 3: Distributional Impact of Political Violence: Evidence from Differential Impacts on Commodity Price

Mainul Haque.  Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 4: An Evaluation of Rural Social Service Programme of the Government of Bangladesh

Harunur Rashid Bhuiyan   Find the Presentation    pdf

Technical  Session 2: Labor  Market Issues Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Transitions between Informal and Formal Employment: Results from a Worker Survey in Bangladesh

Minhaj Mahmud.  Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 2: Labour Supply and its Changes during 2006 to 2016: Focus on Gender and Regional Difference

Iqbal Hossain.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 3: Assessment of Livelihoods, Skill and Employment Situation of Indigenous and Tribal People in Bangladesh

Kazi Ali Toufique.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Technical Session 3: Financial Markets & Financial Inclusion  Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Stylized Facts of the Statistical Properties of Risk and Return of the Dhaka Stock Exchange: 1990-2015

Siban Shahana.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 2: The Impact of Formal Banking Services on Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Sub-district Level Data of Bangladesh

Kazi Iqbal.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 3: Mobile Phones, Household Welfare and Women’s Empowerment: Evidence from Rural Off-grid Regions of Bangladesh

Monzur Hossain.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Technical Session 4: Climate Change , Natural Disaster and Environment   Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Climatic Influence on Rice production: A Panel data Analysis

Mohammad Asaduzzaman.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 2: The Household Response To Persistent Natural Disasters: Evidence From Bangladesh

Azreen Karim.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 3: Indoor-Outdoor Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) levels: The Case of Dhaka Urban and Industrial Area

Mitali Parvin    Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 4: A Tale of Two Groups: Focusing on The Differential Vulnerability of “Climate-Induced” and “Non-Climate-Induced” Migrants in Dhaka City

Neelopal Adri.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Technical Session 5 : Entitlement, Welfare & Violence    Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Adolescents' Exposure to Violence - An Exploratory Study

K A S Murshid.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 2: An Inclusive Approach to Care of the Elderly in Bangladesh

Anwara Begum.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 3: Cooptation of the Unorthodox Fakirs in Contemporary Bangladesh

Golam Nabi Mozumder.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Technical Session 6:  Exports, Firm Performance & Productivity Growth   Youtube_logo

Paper 1: Economics of Export Processing Zones in Bangladesh

Mohammad Yunus.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 2: New Avenues for Export Diversification: A Product Level Analysis of Selected Exporting Industries

Rizwana Islam.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 3: Corporate Governance & Sustainability of Global Value Chains: Bangladesh Ready Made Garment Industry

Nazneen Ahmed.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Paper 4: Total Factor Productivity in Bangladesh: An Analysis using data from 1981-2015

Maruf Ahmed.   Find the Presentation    pdf

Closing Session: Bridging the Research-Policy Divide      Youtube_logo

Chair: Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue

Chief Guest: Mr. A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 

Distinguished Panelists:

1. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member and Senior Secretary, GED, Planning Commission

2. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD

3. Dr. Zahid Hussain, Lead Economist, World Bank

4. Abul Kasem Khan, President, Dhaka Chamber 

5. Dr. Bhagya Rani Banik, Executive Chairman, BARC

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