I am currently working as a Visiting Scholar at Wagner School of Public Service and Policy, New York University . I am also a tenured research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) JETRO, Japan (on-leave at NYU) and as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo. Prior joining to IDE-JETRO, I worked as a lecturer at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia and at BRAC University in Bangladesh. I worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC, USA during the period of 2007-08 as a research intern. I also had short visiting positions in Singapore Management University and University of Kent, UK.
I am an applied economist with interest in
evidence-based policy research, especially in the field of development, labor and political economy. My current research interests are in financial
inclusion, skill training, infrastructure, and education. I have several
ongoing Randomized Control Trial (RCT) based field experiments in Bangladesh
and India, and a few completed projects available as working papers. I have a number of papers published in journals such as World Bank Economic Review, Journal
of Development Studies, World Development, Contemporary Economic Policy and IZA Journal of Labor and Development. I have recently been awarded the Albert Berry Prize in Canadian Economic Association (CEA) Conference for best Paper in Development Economics by a Junior Scholar in 2016, nominated by Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG) and funded by International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.