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Linking Research to Policy:
Growth and
Development Issues in Bangladesh

IGC Bangladesh Growth Research Program at ERG
Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka; December 20, 2011

09:00 – 09:30  am


Session 1 (0930-1100)

Education Policy Issues

Atonu Rabbani (DU), Ummul Ruthbah (DU)

Do Extra Hours of Tuition Pay Off?

Asadul Islam (Monash)

Girls Education, Stipend Programs and the Effects on Younger Siblings’ Education in Bangladesh

Munshi Sulaiman (LSE)

Does it Pay to Have an Easy Certificate: Exam Difficulty and Labor Market Performance in Bangladesh

Session 2 (1115-1300)

Governance Issues

N Asadullah (Reading), W Mahmud (ERG) and Antonio Savoia (U of Manchester)

Growth and Governance in Bangladesh

Ahsan Mansur (PRI), M. Yunus (BIDS) and Biplob Nondi (PRI)

An Evaluation of the Tax System in Bangladesh

Wahid Abdullah Corruption and Inspection in Bangladesh's Electricity Sector


Observations by Dr. Atiur Rahman (Governor, Bangladesh Bank)


Observations by Dr. Mashiur Rahman (Economic Affairs Advisor to the PM of Bangladesh)


Observations by Dr. M. A. Razzaque  (Minister for Food and Disaster Management)

Session 3 (1400-1540)

Trade Issues

Rocco MacChiavello (U of Warwick) and Christopher Woodruff (U of Warwick)

Value Chain Upgrading, Management and Productivity: Evidence from Bangladesh Woven and Knitwear Sectors

M.A. Taslim (DU) and M.S. Haque (BFTI)

Export Performance of Bangladesh Global Recession and After

Reshad Nazir Ahsan (U of Melbourne)

Input Tariffs, Speed of Contract Enforcement, and the Productivity of Firms in India

Session 4 (1540-1720)

Poverty, Empowerment and Inclusiveness

Shyamal Chowdhury (U of Sydney), Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale) and G. Bryan (Yale)

Seasonal Migration and Risk Aversion: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh.

Zaki Wahhaj (Oxford) and Thi Minh-Phuong Ngo (UNICEF, Senegal)

Microfinance and Gender Empowerment

Sajjad Zohir (ERG)

Inclusive Growth: resorting to the basics

Fahad Khalil (U of Washington)

Contracts Offered by Bureaucrats