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A wide range of the best economists from Bangladesh, the region, and the world have estimated the costs and benefits for 76 Bangladeshi projects to identify the best policies for Bangladesh: the choices that will do the most good for each taka spent.

Bangladesh Research Papers

Bangladesh Priorities research explored the merits and pitfalls of 76 different solutions to help Bangladesh, covering themes related to poverty, health, education, the environment, and many others.

Follow the links to learn more about the smartest polices in for Bangladesh by theme or scroll down to locate the academic research papers.

Bangladesh Priorities: Solar Energy, Haque

Over recent years, a much-touted solution was delivered to 3 million rural Bangladeshi homes: solar lighting. A donor-funded program gave these families a Tk-2,000 subsidy to purchase solar units,...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Girls Education, Zaman

Early marriage is far from the only challenge Bangladeshi girls and women face. New research by Ahsan Zaman, an assistant economics professor at North South University, examines two other pressing...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Pregnancy Supplements, Rose

Jonathan Rose, a research advisor with the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, looks at how nutrition could also help pregnant women. Providing nutrients to the mother...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Nutrients and Micronutrients, Rose

Research by Jonathan Rose, a research advisor with the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, examines programs to fight malnutrition by delivering nutrients and...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Golden Rice, Deb

New research by Uttam Deb, an economist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, suggests that investment in the development and dissemination of golden rice can help...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Union Digital Services, Bakshi and Rahman

The research paper by Rejaul Karim Bakshi, associate economics professor at Rajshahi University, and Tariqur Rahman, a research consultant, examines offering more services at Union Digital Centers. ...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Tuberculosis, Vasssall

Tuberculosis (TB) kills 80,000 Bangladeshis each year, constituting about 9 percent of all deaths. Research by Anna Vasssall, a senior lecturer in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Village Courts, Hossain and Zaman

Another way to bring benefits to the rural poor is examined in the analysis of spreading village courts across rural areas. Research by Md. Shanawez Hossain and Nabila Zaman, of the BRAC Institute of...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Livability, Alam

Research by Khorshed Alam, an associate professor of economics at the University of Southern Queensland, explores the smartest ways to deal with three growth-related issues in the capital: solid...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Climate Adaptation, Golub and Golub

Research by economists Alexander Golub and Elena Strukova Golub examines several solutions that can help tackle climate impacts over the short or long term. .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Ready Made Garments, Bin Shadat et al.

Research by a team of four Bangladeshi economists, led by Wasel Bin Shadat, a lecturer at the University of Manchester, examines investments that will improve Bangladesh’s vital RMG sector,...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Trade, Raihan, Ferdous and Wong

Research by Selim Raihan, economics professor at the University of Dhaka and executive director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), and Farazi Binti Ferdous, research fellow at...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Community Clinics, Huque

The research, by economist Rumana Huque of the University of Dhaka, considers treating diabetes and addressing smokeless tobacco consumption. Diabetes is associated with hypertension and related...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Child and Maternal Health, Khan and Ahmed

Even though Bangladesh has greatly reduced child and maternal deaths, the progress has been uneven. According to the World Bank, the mortality rates are nearly twice as high for infants and young...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Larsen

Even though 98 percent of Bangladeshis have access to either a well or piped water, 25 percent of households’ water sources contain arsenic levels that exceed the World Health Organization...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Child Marriage, Field et al.

Research by economists from Duke University and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab examines various strategies to prevent child marriages. It finds that providing financial incentives...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Land Digitization, Rahman and Talukder

New research by Sultan Hafeez Rahman, executive director of the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), and research assistant Sumaiya Kabir Talukder finds that digitizing the land...

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Bangladesh Priorities: E-Procurement, Wahid

New research by Wahid Abdallah, a research fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, examines the effects of transforming the current procurement system into one that uses online...

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Bangladesh Priorities: VAT, Nandi and Khondker

Government tax revenue is equal to just 11 percent of the size of the entire economy in Bangladesh. So despite the fact that the country has great potential to boost revenue earnings, much of it goes...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Seasonal Migration, Mobarak and Akram

Research by Mushfiq Mobarak, a Yale University economist, and Agha Ali Akram, a postdoctoral fellow with Evidence Action, suggests that helping people from rural areas migrate to work seasonally in...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Poverty, Sulaiman and Misha

Despite cutting the rate of extreme poverty from 34 percent in 2000 to just 13 percent today, 20 million Bangladeshis still live in conditions considered to be ultra poor.

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Bangladesh Priorities: Broadband, Zaman

The research by M. Rokonuzzaman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the North South University in Dhaka, looks at expanding broadband access. .tg {border-collapse...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Secondary Bond Market, Mortaza

Research by M.G. Mortaza, an economist at the Asian Development Bank, and Wasel Bin Shadat, a lecturer in econometrics at the University Of Manchester, examines a related proposal to boost investment...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Padma Bridge Project, Rahman and Khondker

Research by Ashikur Rahman, senior economist at the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, and Bazlul Khondker, economics professor at the University of Dhaka, shows that even though the...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Education, Rabbani

Research by economist Atonu Rabbani of the University of Dhaka suggests several worthwhile strategies that could improve public education in Bangladesh, and one is most promising of all: so-called...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Urban Transport, Gallagher

Research by Robert Gallagher, a transport planner and South Asia specialist, explores alternative options for Dhaka’s future urban transport. .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Zaman

Early marriage is far from the only challenge Bangladeshi girls and women face. New research by Ahsan Zaman, an assistant economics professor at North South University, examines two other pressing...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Microfinance, Bairagi and Bin Shadat

Research by Subir Bairagi, an economist at the Institute of Policy and Social Sciences (IPSS), and Wasel Bin Shadat, executive director of IPSS and lecturer of econometrics at the University of...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Motor Vehicle Agreement, Rahman and Rahman

Research by Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, assistant professor of development studies at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, and Md. Tariqur Rahman, an economic consultant, examined potential benefits...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Outdoor Air Pollution, Larsen

The research examined a simple retrofitting into “improved zigzag” kilns, all the way to the top-of-the-line new hybrid Hoffman kilns. Hybrid Hoffman kilns promise large overall benefits...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Migration, Bin Shadat et al.

Research suggests strategies that can make migration cheaper and make migrants more productive. The researchers—Wasel Bin Shadat, lecturer of econometrics at the University of Manchester, and...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Indoor Air Pollution, Larsen

When it comes to cooking indoors over open fires, the harmful health effects can be equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. This indoor air pollution plagues nearly nine out of every 10 Bangladeshi households, which use wood and other biofuels to cook inside.

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Bangladesh Priorities: Energy, Gunatilake and Roland-Holst

Research by David Roland-Holst, University of California, Berkeley, and Herath Gunatilake, Asian Development Bank, along with consultant Bjorn Larsen, analyzes the smartest ways to power Bangladesh...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Non-communicable Diseases, Koehlmoos et al.

Research written by four eminent American economists examines several strategies to combat non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh. They find that the most cost-effective solutions are those aimed at...

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