Research Completed


Renegotiations at Firm levels Comprehending effects of Covid-19

Research Brief Economic Research Group (ERG) June, 2020 The SARS-CoV2 pandemic, leading to deadly Covid-19, brought disruptions in inter-country as well as within-country flow of goods and services. ERG carried out a phone-based survey of 102 firms engaged in manufacturing and service sectors to assess, (i) extent of initial ‘shock’ faced, and (ii) coping strategies that involve renegotiations in work practices, rental contract of premises and in contracts with employees....

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Socially Responsible Financing: Guidance Note Drafting Initiative

A collaborative research by Bangladesh Bank and Economic Research Group Research Team: Dr. Sajjad Zohir and Anika Anjum, ERG Md. Akhtaruzzan, Ph.D. Executive Director (Research) and Md. Abdul Wahab, DGM, (Research), Bangladesh Bank Sponsored by: Bangladesh Bank  The objective of the study is to prepare a background (draft) paper upon reviewing literature and consulting with relevant stakeholders. The study is for the Core Group in Bangladesh Bank assigned to prepare an Operational...

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IT Enabled Service in Bangladesh- Implications for Skill Demand and Labour Market.

Research Team: Dr. Sajjad Zohir, Mushtaq Khalique, K M Masnun Hosain, Rafe Rais Hannan & Mutasim Billah Mubde The report is an exercise into understanding the changing IT environment with a specific focus on IT enabled services in Bangladesh. The first part of the report attempts to establish a framework for linking the labor market changes due to evolution in IT to subsequent skill demand. The framework will form the...

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Baseline Surveys to Track and Document Government Service Delivery Mechanism for Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF) Program Phase II

Research Team: Dr. Sajjad Zohir, Dr. Asad Karim Khan Priyo, Azraf Ahmed, Shihab Ahmed, Ahmed Adib, Nahaz Hashem, K M Masnun Hosain  Sponsored by: World Bank Group  The objective of the Baseline Surveys to Track and Document Government Service Delivery Mechanism for Investment Climate Fund (BICF) Program Phase II project is to conduct baseline surveys to track the government-to-business service delivery mechanisms of a set of government agencies related to the facilitation of investment...

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Impact of arsenic contamination in groundwater on poverty and choice of mitigation technology for rural communities in Bangladesh

Research Team: A K Enamul Haque, M. Zakir Hossain Khan and Joyashree Roy Sponsored by: South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) The study focuses on arsenic contaminated water in rural areas to understand three main objective. (i) to understand how household utilizes its resources and the condition of poverty when arsenic related illness occurs. (ii) the compensating measures taken by households and community. (iii) analyze precautionary and preventionary measures taken...

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Economics of Rice Residue Burning in the South-West region of Bangladesh

Lead Researcher: Mohammed Ziaul Haider Sponsored by: South Asian Network For Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) The study advocates the short term benefit of rise residue burning for the farmers, despire the fact that it produces carbon emission and burning rise fields adds little or no value to social welfare. This study develops a strategy to manage crop residue for the farmers because using rise residue in household activities like cooking adds...

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Strengthening analysis and presentation of social security-related data in 2016 Household Income and Expenditure Survey of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics

Lead Researcher: Dr. Sajjad Zohir Sponsored by: The United Nations World Food Programme The study is meant to engage services of the ERG research team to: a) Strengthening the agency’s role as the primary source of information on social security by supporting BBS expand the routine social security-related analysis presented in its HIES report. b) Contribute towards capacity-building within BBS for undertaking SSP analyses. c) Develop a supplementary technical report for the SS...

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Innovative MSE Financing Products and Delivery Channels in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges

Research Team: Dr. Sajjad Zohir, Dr. Shafiun N Shimul, Tariq Ali, Dr. Asad Karim Khan Priyo, K M Masnun Hosain  Sponsored by: Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) Project  The overall objective of this study is to understand the regulatory barriers in product innovation and of innovative products; and the following reformulation of the study objectives is proposed: a) To identify the regulatory barriers faced by the financial service providers during...

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Review of SME Credit-related Policies of Bangladesh Bank – Areas of further improvement with a focus on Micro and Small Enterprise (mSE) Finance

Research Team: Sajjad Zohir, K. A. M. Majedur Rahman, Md. Iqbal Hossain, Anika Anjum Sponsored By: Nathan Associates (London) Limited The overall objective of the study was to understand the stakeholder perspectives and experience of using the mE and SME policy of BB. The main objectives were: Recommending suitable unified definition of mSMEs that will contribute to the current draft SME Strategy document of the Ministry of Industry; Appraising the feasibility of...

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