Ashikur Rahman is a Senior Economist at the Policy Research Institute (PRI) of Bangladesh. He is also a Lecturer at the Department of Economics at North South University. Prior to this, he completed his PhD in Government (Political Economy) at the London School of Economics. Dr. Rahman also has an MPA in Public and Economic Policy and BSc in Economics (Hons) from the LSE. He has been a consultant for a number of government bodies and other institutions, including the Planning Commission of Bangladesh, BIGD, World Bank, UNDP, DFID and JICA. His research interest is in the field of political economy, working extensively in areas such as development and governance with a key focus on the implications of political and economic shocks. At present, his work empirically examines the nature of concentration of political power and its role in shaping economic and political outcomes. Dr. Rahman is also specialized in undertaking microeconomic program evaluation and institutional diagnosis.