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Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic

Leadership Team:

  • Selim Raihan (SANEM), and François Bourguignon

Countries:

  • Bangladesh

Project summary

Bangladesh has been identified as the third country study for research towards developing an institutional diagnostic tool.

The Bangladesh institutional diagnostic aims at comprehensively exploring the relationship between the characteristics and the functioning of a country’s institutions and its economic development performance and constraints. We are pleased to be undertaking this endeavour in partnership with the South Asian Network for Economic Modelling (SANEM).

SANEM executive director Selim Raihan is leading the study, in collaboration with the EDI’s Research co-director François Bourguignon.

The programme was officially launched on 24th September 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Download an overview of the methodology and approach to this project.

Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic – Chapter summaries

Foreword and Acknowledgements

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)

Chapter 1: An Institutional Diagnostic of Bangladesh: Introduction

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • François Bourguignon,Former Chief Economist, the World Bank, and Chair Emeritus, Paris School of Economics

Chapter 2: Background Paper: Bangladesh’s Development: Achievements and Challenges

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • François Bourguignon,Former Chief Economist, the World Bank, and Chair Emeritus, Paris School of Economics

Chapter 3: A Cross-country Comparative Analysis of Institutional Indicators: Where Does Bangladesh Stand?

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Rafiqua Ferdousi, Research Economist, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)

Chapter 4: The Country Institutional Survey: Experts’ Opinions on Institutions in Bangladesh

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Towhid Iqram Mahmood, Research Economist, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)

Chapter 5: Thematic Paper: Informal institutions, the RMG sector, and the present challenge of export diversification in Bangladesh

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • With discussion by Jaime de Melo, University of Geneva

Chapter 6: Thematic Paper: Political economy of private bank governance in Bangladesh

  • Mirza Hassan, Senior Research Fellow & Head, Governance & Politics Cluster, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)
  • Sayema Haque Bidisha, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Research Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Towhid Iqram Mahmood, Research Economist, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • With discussion by Thorsten Beck, Cass Business School London

Chapter 7: Thematic Paper: Institutional dimensions of tax reforms in Bangladesh

  • Sadiq Ahmed, Vice Chairman, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI)
  • With discussion by Christopher Heady, University of Kent

Chapter 8: Thematic Paper: Institutional challenges in public spending: the case of primary education

  • Zubayer Hossen, Research Economist, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Bazlul Haque Khondker, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Chairman, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • With discussion by Elizabeth M. King, The Brookings Institution

Chapter 9: Thematic Paper: Institutional challenges in land administration and management in Bangladesh

  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Jahid Ebn Jalal, Research Associate, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Eshrat Sharmin, Research Associate, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • M. Abu Eusuf, Professor, Department of Development Studies and Executive Director, Research and Policy Integration for Development (RAPID)
  • With discussion by Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University

Chapter 10: Thematic Paper: Political economy analysis of the role of the judiciary in land dispossession litigation in Bangladesh

  • Rafiqua Ferdousi, Research Economist, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Kazi Maruful Islam, Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka
  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • With discussion by Jean-Philippe Platteau, University of Namur

Chapter 11: An Institutional Diagnostic of Bangladesh: The synthesis

  • François Bourguignon,Former Chief Economist, the World Bank, and Chair Emeritus, Paris School of Economics
  • Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM)
  • Umar Salam, Senior Economist, Oxford Policy Management

Project updates

April 2019 – A successful workshop was held on 4 April 2019 with selected authors of the thematic chapters. These explore institutional themes identified through indicator analysis and a survey of 300 individuals that completed in February 2019. Insights from the thematic studies will be published towards the end of 2019.

Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic Workshop (April 2019)
Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic Workshop (April 2019)

 

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