Profile:Dr. Atonu Rabbani

PhD in Economics (University of Chicago)
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and
member Governing body, Economic Research Group (ERG)


Dr. Rabbani is an associate Professor, Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the James P. Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University, a member, Governing Body of Economic Research Group and affiliation with the Urban Services Initiative of J-PAL. Previously, he worked as a full-time Research Fellow at the Institute of Microfinance (InM) and have worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Medicine and Center for Health and Social Science (CHeSS), both at the University of Chicago. He earned his PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 2007 where he also got an MA in Economics in 2003. Before that he graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka where he obtained MSS in 1998 and BSS (Honours) in 1997. Dr. Rabbani have a number of papers published in international peer-reviewed journals like Journal of Regional Science, American Economic Review P&P, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Biosocial Science, Health Services Research and Archives of Internal Medicine among others.

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. (July, 2010 – present)
Research Fellow, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Dhaka, Bangladesh. (November, 2009 – June, 2010)
Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. (October, 2007 – September, 2009)
Summer Internship, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C. (June, 2004 – August, 2004)

Working Papers
Rabbani A, Ahmed F, Ahmed MU, Rahman SR. Promoting Hand Hygiene in Rural Bangladesh: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Work in progress.
Ruthbah UH, Rabbani A, Hossain MS, Sarwar G. Do Extra Hours of Tuition Payoff? Evaluation of a Community Tutoring Program in Bangladesh. Currently under review.

Published Papers

Rocco Macchiavello, Atonu Rabbani and Christopher Woodruff. The Market for Training Services: A Demand Experiment with Bangladeshi Garment Factories American Economic Review, May 2015, forthcoming. (Conference proceedings)
Khan A, Rabbani A. Assessing Spatial Accessibility of Microfinance in Northern Bangladesh: A GIS Analysis. Journal of Regional Science, forthcoming.
Rabbani A. Food Security in Bangladesh: Going beyond Poverty Measures. The Bangladesh Development Studies Volume XXXVII, March-June 2014, Number 1&2.
Adams AM, Rabbani A, Ahmed S, Mahmood SS, Sabir AA, Rashid SF, Evans TG. Explaining equity gains in child survival in Bangladesh: scale, speed and selectivity in health and development. The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9909, Pages 2027 – 2037, 14 December 2013. Published Online: 21 November 2013. Download.
Rabbani A, Khalily B. Dynamics and Determinants of Overlapping Borrowing from Microfinance Institutions. Journal of Bangladesh Studies. 2012.
Cohen A, Rabbani A, Shah N, Alexander GC. Changes in Glitazone Use among Office Based Physicians, in the United States, 2003-2009. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print]
Dorsey ER, Rabbani A, Gallagher SA, Conti R, Alexander GC. Impact of FDA Black Box Warnings on Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Use. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jan 11;170(1):96-103.
Invited commentary: Rochon PA, Anderson GM. Prescribing optimal drug therapy for older people: sending the right message. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jan 11;170(1):103-6.
Rabbani A, Alexander GC. Cost Savings Associated With Filling A Three-Month Supply Of Prescription Medicines: Evidence From The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2000-2005. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2009; 7(4):255-64.
Rabbani A, Alexander GC. Impact of Family Structure on Stimulant Use among Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Health Serv Res. 2009 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print].
Rabbani A. Household structure and other determinants of health care demand for children in rural Bangladesh. J Biosoc Sci. 2009 Sep;41(5):645-59. Epub 2009 Jun 17.
Rabbani A, Alexander GC. Out-of-pocket and Total Costs of Fixed-dose Combination Antihypertensives and Their Components. Am J Hypertens,, 2008.
• Editorial: Arredondo A. Out-of-pocket costs to users: Medicine options for hypertension. Am J Hypertens 2008 04/18;21(5):492.
• Yin W, Basu A, Zhang J, Rabbani A, Meltzer DO, Alexander GC. Impact of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit on drug utilization and out-of-pocket expenditures. Annals of Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med,, February 5, 2008; 148(3):169-177.
• Editorial: Stuart, B. Where Are the Medicare Part D Claims Data? Ann Intern Med, 2008 148(3):239-240.

Book Chapter
Alayne. M Adams, Tessa Hillgrove, Sifat Yusuf and Rabbani A. Urban inequities in food security and nutrition in Bangladesh. Forthcoming on Bangladesh Health Watch Report.
Rabbani A. Status and Prospect of For-Profit Private Health Insurance in Bangladesh. Published in Bangladesh Health Watch Report 2011: Moving Towards Universal Health Coverage. Dhaka, Bangladesh: James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.


Rabbani A, Yin W, Zhang J, Alexander GC. Differential Take-up of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit. Journal of General Internal Medicine,,, March, 2008, 23(S2):282.

Other Works

State of Microfinance in SAARC Countries.(Background Report for an International Seminar to be held at SAARC Secretariat, November 30-December 1, 2010). Final version submitted in September, 2010.
An Assessment of Poverty, Inequality and Employment Related MDGs in Bangladesh. (Background Paper on Assessment of MDG 1.A and MDG 1.B Related Indicators for Bangladesh). Final version submitted in July, 2010.

Unpublished Works
Rabbani A. A Time-Series Analysis of Per Capita GDP of Bangladesh and Associated Implication on Poverty Reduction.
Conti RM, Dorsey ER, Rabbani A, Alexander GC. Effect of FDA advisory on pharmaceutical promotion of Atypical Antipsychotics to physicians and the public.
Rabbani A, Lauderdale DS, Alexander GC. Impact of State Prescription Monitoring Programs on Deaths from Unintentional Drug Poisoning.
Rabbani A, Conti R, Alexander GC. Pharmaceutical firm promotion response to black box warnings for atypical antipsychotics for elderly patients with dementia.

Senior Research Fellow, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Post-Doctoral Researcher/Affiliate, Urban Services Initiative, J-PAL
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Member, General Body, Economics Research Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Atonu Rabbani
Member, Governing Body,
Economic Research Group (ERG).