Abu S. Shonchoy
Visiting Scholar, Wagner School of Public Service and Policy, 
New York University
Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE-JETRO
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo


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.