Sayema Haque Bidisha
Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Tel: +88 (0) 1813254771
Summary of Experience:
Dr. Sayema Haque Bidisha is an associate professor in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. She did her bachelors as well as masters from the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and MSc. from the University of Bath, UK. She obtained PhD in Labour Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interest lies on labour economics, development economics, population economics and microeconometrics. Her work involves both empirical analysis as well as policy focused research with emphasis on developing countries. In the context of Bangladesh, she worked on a number of research projects on labour market, gender and women empowerment, migration and remittance earning, credit and food security, population and development, economic growth and exchange rate movements, labour market participation, skill and education, demographic dividend and youth population etc. In addition, Dr. Bidisha has also worked closely with the Government of Bangladesh in preparing various policy documents and government flagship objects. In particular, she was actively engaged in drafting a number of chapters of the 6th Five Year Plan of Bangladesh (e.g. Education and Training, Agriculture, Health and Nutrition) as well as of its monitoring exercise. She has worked with several international as well as national organizations e.g. the World Bank, IDRC, ILO, FAO, Asia Foundation etc. and has published a number of articles/book chapters in peer reviewed publications both home and abroad.
PhD in Economics School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK (2009).
MSc., Economics University of Bath, UK (2003).
MSS, Economics (1st class) University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2000).
BSS, Economics (1st class with Honors), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1998).
Labour Economics, Development Economics, Agriculture Economics, Applied Econometrics.
Labour Market Experience of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK.
Published Journal Articles/Book Chapters:
Razzaque, M.A,, Bidisha, S. H. and Khondker, B.H. (2017) “The Exchange Rate and Economic Growth: An Empirical Assessment on Bangladesh”, Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 12, issue 1.
Bidisha S. H. and Khondker B. H. (2017) “Does Agricultural Credit Help in Raising agricultural Production? Empirical Evidences from Bangladesh”, chapter 17 in Raihan, S. (ed) Let’s Think Aloud, Shall We?, SANEM Publication: Dhaka [ISBN: 978-984-34-2254-5].
Raihan, S., Bidisha, S. H. and Ifteakhar, N. (2017) “Does Rise in Per Capita Income in South Asia Promote Female Labor Force Participation?” chapter 61 in Raihan, S. (ed) Let’s Think Aloud, Shall We?, SANEM Publication: Dhaka [ISBN: 978-984-34-2254-5].
Bidisha S.H. et al. (2017) “Role of Credit in Food Security and Dietary Diversity in Bangladesh”. Economic Analysis and Policy, vol. 53, pp. 33-45.
Bidisha, S. H. et al. (2016) “Returns to Agricultural Microcredit: Quasi Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh”. Bangladesh Development Studies, vol. 38, no. 4.
Bidisha, S.H. et al. (2016) “Fostering Systems Thinking for Youth Leading Environmental Change: Multinational Exploration”. Ecopsychology. vol 8, no. 3.
Bidisha, S.H. et al. (2016) “The Youth Leading Environmental Change Project: A Mixed Method Longitudinal Study across Six Countries”. Ecopsychology. vol 8, no. 3.
Uddin, G.S., Bidisha, S.H. & Ozturk, I. (2016) “Carbon Emissions, Energy Consumption and Economic Growth Relationship in Sri Lanka”, Energy Resources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy, vol 11, no. 3, pp. 282-287.
Raihan, S., Bidisha, S.H. and Jahan, I. (2016) "Unpacking Unpaid Labor in Bangladesh", Chapter 5 in Raihan, S. (ed), Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh: Studies on Labor and Employment, SANEM.
Mahmud, S. and Bidisha, S.H. (2016) "Female Labor Market Participation in Bangladesh: Structural Changes and Determinants of Labor Supply”, Chapter 4 in Raihan, S. (ed), Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh: Studies on Labor and Employment, SANEM.
Bidisha, S. H. and Jahan, I. (2015). “Women’s Unrecognized Work and the Impact of Awareness Raising Programme”, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha [ISBN: 978-984-91120-1-3].
Bidisha, S. H. and Jahan, I. (2015). “Orthnitite Narir Osikrito Obodan o Narir khamotayone Sochetonota Briddhi Karjokromer Probhab” in vol. 11, no. 21, Naari O Progoti, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha [ISSN: 2313-0040].
Robert, E., Hajizadeh, M., El-Bialy, R., and Bidisha, S. H. (2014) “Globalization and the Diffusion of Ideas: Why We Should Acknowledge the Roots of Mainstream Ideas in Global Health”, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 7-9.
Islam, M. and Bidisha, S. H. (2013) “Population and Development Issues in Bangladesh”, Dhaka University Studies, University of Dhaka, vol. 68, no. 1.
Bidisha, S. H. (2013) “Occupational Attainment of Male Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK”, International Journal of Applied Behavioral Economics, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 64-77.
Bidisha, S. H., Das, A. and Mcfarlane, A. (2013) “Microeconometric Analysis of Earnings Mobility of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities: Evidence from the UK”, Journal for Labor Market Research, vol. 46, issue 1, pp 35-42.
Razzaque, M. A. and Bidisha, S. H. (2012) “Microfinance and Women Empowerment: An Econometric Investigation”, Journal of Bangladesh Studies, Special Issue on Microfinance, ISSN 1529-0905, pp. 11-29.
Bidisha, S. H. (2012) “Human Development Progress and Prospects”, chapter 9 in Leading Issues in Bangladesh Development, edited by Ahmed, S., University Press Limited.
বিদিশা, সায়মাহকওসোহরাওয়ার্দী, জিএম (২০১২), “ জেন্ডারসংবেদনশীলবাজেটওএরপরীবিক্ষনএবংমূল্যায়ন”, বাংলাদেশমহিলাপরিষদজার্নাল,দ্বিতীয় বর্ষ, প্রথম সংখ্যা। [Bidisha, S.H. and Suhrawardy, G. M. (2012) “Gender Sensitive Budget and its Monitoring and Evaluation” Bangladesh Mohila Porishod Journal,issue 1, year 2]
Razzaque, M. A. and Bidisha, S. H. (2011). “Women’s Empowerment and Intra-household Gender Relations in Bangladesh”, Chapter 3 in Razzaque, M. A., Khondoker, B. H., and Raihan, S. (eds), Poverty, Intra-household Distribution and Gender Relations in Bangladesh: Evidence and Policy Implications, University Press Limited.
Razzaque, M. A. and Bidisha, S. H. (2009). "Migration and Development: The Bangladesh Case", Chapter 13 in Razzaque, M. A. (ed). Trade, Migration and Labour Mobility, Cameron May, London.
Bidisha, S. H., Alam, M. and Zaman, A. (2006). “How Volatile are the Stocks of the Pharmaceutical Companies of Bangladesh? Some Evidences from the Market Model” Bank Parikrama, Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management, vol. 30, no.2.
Bidisha, S. H. (2005). “Types of Capital and Economic Growth: Some Cross-sectional Evidence from the 1990s,” Social Science Review: Dhaka University Studies, Part D, vol. 22, no. 1.
Accepted Papers/Under Review:
Bidisha, S.H., Hossain, A., Alam, R. and Hasan, M. (2017). “Credit, Tenancy Choice and Agricultural Efficiency: Evidences from the Northern Region of Bangladesh”, Accepted for publication in Economic Analysis and Policy (forthcoming).
“The Role of Credit in Food Production and Food Security in Bangladesh” (with Khondker, B.H.), draft submitted to the Bureau of Economic Research for an edited book, awaiting publication.
“Challenges and Prospects for Demographic Dividend in the Context of the Labour Market of Bangladesh” (with S. M. Abdullah), draft submitted for a chapter on “State of the Population: Country Report”.
“The Long Run Effect of Demographic Transition on Growth: Evidences from a Cross-Country Panel” (with Abdullah, S.M., Siddiqua, S. and Islam, M.), submitted in Journal of Economic Development, awaiting response.
“Examining the Long Run Relationship between Demographic Transition and Growth: A Time Series Analysis with Bangladesh Data” (with S. M. Abdullah and Islam, M.), submitted to Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, awaiting response.
“The Long Run Relationship between Youth Population and Economic Growth: Evidences from Time Series Data of Bangladesh” (with S. M. Abdullah.), submitted to Journal of South Asian Development, awaiting response.
Key Published/Accepted Reports/Working Papers:
Bidisha, S.H., Hossain, A. and Hasan, M. (2016) “Dynamic Impact of Remittances on Poverty: Evidences from PRIME Data”, Institute of Microfinance Working Paper, forthcoming.
Bidisha, S.H. (2015) “Demand Assessment in the ICT Sector for Realizing Digital Bangladesh”, Asia Foundation.
Bidisha, S. H. (2009). “Labour Market Experience of Male Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK”, University of Nottingham Discussion Paper No. 2009/08
Bidisha, S. H. (2009). “Intergenerational Earnings Mobility of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK”, GEP Research Paper No. 2009/10.
Bidisha, S. H. (2008). “Saving Behaviour of the Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK: Evidence from Panel Data”, University of Nottingham Discussion Paper No. 2008/08.
“Poverty-Environment Nexus: People’s Perception” (with Razzaque M.A.), prepared as a background paper on People’s Report 2005 on Environment, UNDP, Dhaka.
Manuscripts under Preparation:
“Does the Origin of Remittance Flows Matter for Saving Behavior? Results from a Bangladeshi Household Survey.”, (with Das, A., and Serieux, J), Research Project funded by the Bureau of Economic Research, in progress, presented in 47th Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, June 2013, under review in Journal of Asia Pacific Economy.
“Migration, Remittances and Investment in Human Capital-The Case of Bangladesh.”, (with Das, A., and Serieux, J), Research Project funded by the Bureau of Economic Research, presented in 48th Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, June 2014, draft prepared for submission in a journal.
মোহাম্মদ মঈনুল ইসলাম ও সায়মা হক বিদিশা, জনসংখা ও উন্নয়নঃ প্রেক্ষাপট বাংলাদেশ। [Mohammad Mainul Islam and Sayema Haque Bidisha, Population and Development: Bangladesh Perspective.].
Other Key Research Activities:
Working as a consultant for the Preparation of the Perspective Plan of the GoB “Empowerment of children, women and youth to strengthen social inclusion and support shared prosperity. For the Planning Commission, GoB (June 2017-July 2017).
Working as a consultant on Bangladesh Education and Technology Sector Review (as a consultant of the Policy Research Institute with the Planning Commission, GoB) (October 2015-till date).
Wrote and Presented the Key Note Paper of Dhaka Skill Summit, organized by the World Bank under STEP project, ILO and MCCI (December 2016).
As part of team of RMMRU, worked as a Labour Economist on ‘Fair Recruitment and Decent Work for Women Migrant Workers in South Asia and the Middle East’, a project of ILO (December 2016).
As part pf SANEM, working on a project titled “A Quantitative and Quantitative Research Study of the Bangladesh RMG Sector” under “Improving Working conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh” -ILO Project (November 2016).
Wrote and Presented the Key Note Paper on Youth Population in Bangladesh, organized by the Planning Commission, GoB (October 2016).
Working as an economist on a research project of University of Manchester and BRAC Institute of Governance on “Gender Norms and Labour Market Participation-A Comparative Study of India and Bangladesh” (with Mahmood, S).
Worked as a co-investigator in a research project of IDRC, Canada on “Female Labour Market Responses in Changing Economic and Demographic Context of Bangladesh” (with Mahmood, S.).
For the Institute of Microfinance prepared a paper titled “Does Remittance Reduce Poverty: Evidences from PRIME Data” (with Hossain. A: October 2015-December 2015).
For the Institute of Microfinance prepared a paper titled “Access to Finance and Agricultural Efficiency” (with Hossain. A and Hasan, M.: December 2014-February 2015).
Completed a research project funded by Bangladesh Nari Progati Songho on “Women’s Unrecognized Contribution and the Impact of Awareness Raising Programme” (December 2014-March 2015).
Completed a research project funded by the Asia Foundation on “The Role of ICT in Economic Growth” (February 2015-May 2015).
Worked as a labour market expert in a research project of Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies (BILS) and funded by ILO on “Study on Labour Demand and Supply of Returning Migrant Workers with Profiling Survey of Returning Migrant Workers”. Based on surveys and KII it involves assessing the demand for return migrants in suitable industries, combining both supply and demand scenario.
Worked as a consultant for the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) for the preparation of a background study for the 7th Five Year Plan of Bangladesh titled “Agricultural Sector Strategy: Raising Farm Productivity through Diversification and Modernization”, (with Sattar, Z.) as part of a SPEMP Project (March 2014).
Worked as a consultant for the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) as a National Consultant in the “Strengthening Strategic Planning and Monitoring for Result Program” (SPM) of the Planning Commission (November 2012- 2013). As part of the project, was involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh.
Worked as a consultant for Clean Cloth Campaign and Asia Floor Wage in collaboration with Bangladesh Nari Progati Songho, for conducting wage research for One Global Living Wage Campaign (April 2013-June 2013).
Worked as a research collaborator of Bangladesh in a research project of the University of Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Canada on “Youth Leading Environmental Change”.
Worked as a co-investigator in a research project of FAO and Ministry of Agriculture, GoB on “The Role of Credit in Food Production and Food Security in Bangladesh” (with Khondker, B.H.: November, 2011-November, 2012).
Worked as a consultant for the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) as a National Consultant in the “Strengthening Public Expenditure Management Program” (SPEMP Project Component 4) of the Ministry of Finance (November, 2010-June, 2012). As part of this project, was responsible for drafting chapters on Agriculture, Education, Health and Environment of the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh. The drafting involves analysis of existing strategies and policies, demand assessment, supply situation etc.
Worked as a consultant for the Institute of Microfinance on a research project titled “Access to Financial Services and Poverty” (with Khalily B.: 2011).
Worked as a consultant for the Asia Foundation in the task of “Economic Governance Index” (with Chowdhury, F.: March, 2010-July, 2010). http://www.asiafoundation.org/publications/pdf/746.
Worked as a consultant for the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) for two research projects of the Bangladesh Bank on (i) Remittances and (ii) Terms of Trade (with Mansur A.: 2010).
Worked as a consultant for the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) in a project on “Public Financial Management” (with Mansur, A. and Khondker, B. H.: May, 2010).
Worked as a co-investigator of a research project of the Microcredit Regulatory Authority of Bangladesh on “Ownership and Governance of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh” (with Akash M. M. and Ahmed M.U.: 2010).
Completed a research project titled “Economic Consequences and Coping Strategies of Households in the face of River Bank Erosion” under Bureau of Economic Research, University of Dhaka (July, 2010).
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