Dr. Ashikur Rahman

Dr. Ashikur Rahman, Board of Trustees

Dr. Ashikur Rahman is a Member Secretary of Bangladesh Economists’ Forum – a leading association of eminent professional and academic economists from Bangladesh. He has worked as a policy economist in Bangladesh for more than a decade and has also contributed to a wide range of national and sectoral policy documents. Prior to this, he completed his Ph.D. in Government {Political Economy} at the London School of Economics. Mr. 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 organizations, including the Planning Commission of Bangladesh, 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 intricate relationship between institutions and economic performance. Mr. Rahman is specialized in undertaking microeconomic program evaluation and institutional and policy diagnosis – and has contributed to the formulation of some of the flagship national policy documents for the Government of Bangladesh, namely – The Seventh Five Year Plan and the National Social Security Strategy. Mr. Rahman is a frequent contributor to electronic media and national and international newspapers, such as The Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune, Ittefaq, New Age, The Financial Express, The Business Standard and The Indian Express. He is also a coordinator of thecitizens platform– Citizens for Responsible Democracy (CRD).

Selected Works:

A. Contributions to Bangladesh Government Strategy and Policy Making

    • Contributor: Perspective Plan of Bangladesh: Making Vision 2021 a Reality
    • Contributor: The Final Review of the Sixth Five Year Plan
    • Contributor: The Seventh Five Year Plan of Bangladesh.
    • Contributor: Strengthening Public Expenditure Management Program –GED.
    • Contributor: National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) of Bangladesh.
    • Contributor: The Eight Five Year Plan of Bangladesh (upcoming).

    B. Key Contributions to Governance Research

    • Co-Team Leader:An Alternate Path to Good Governance: Insights for Bangladesh – JICA [2014]
    • Contributor: The State of Governance in Bangladesh – BRAC [2013]
    • Co-Team Leader and Contributor: The State of Governance in Bangladesh – BRAC [2012]
    • Contributor: The State of Governance in Bangladesh – BRAC [2011]
    • Contributor: The State of Governance in Bangladesh – BRAC [2009]

    C. Selected Publications and Working Papers

    • “Covid-19: Structuring a Stable and Inclusive Economic Recovery for Bangladesh” co-author MasrurReaz [2020] – working paper for Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh.
    • “Fighting Covid-19: Actions for Strengthening Bangladesh’s Response” Co-authors Gina Rahman, Adnan Morshed, Syed Hamid, Tareq Jamil, Margub Jahangir, Mahfuz Huq, AdibaGeeti, Ahmed Ahsan. Policy Insights July 2020:6-12
    • “Institutions for Long-Run Growth in Bangladesh” published in the Edited Volume “Strategies and Policies for an Upper-Middle Income Bangladesh” Bangladesh Economists’ Forum [2020]
    • “The Uncomfortable Truth About Land Disputes in Bangladesh: Insights from A Household Survey” co-author Md. Rafi Hossain [2020] Land Use Policyvol. 95: 1-14.
    • “State of Governance within Social Protection Sector in Bangladesh” with Rafi Hossain – Exploring the Evidence: Background Research Papers for Preparing the National Social Security Strategy of Bangladesh – GED, Planning Commission [2017]
    • “Political Economy of Trade Policy: Theory and Evidence from Bangladesh” Co-author: Zaidi Sattar; in South Asian Economic Journal 17(1), 1-26 [2016].
    • “Right to Information Movement in Bangladesh: Broadening the Dominant Narrative” Co-author: Manzoor Hasan (IGS) published in EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION: The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia Volume I: Essays, Status Reports, Case Studies” Transparency Advisory Group (TAG) New Delhi, India and Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) [2015].
    • Contributor: Does Aid Decrease Tax Revenue in Developing Countries? – Working PaperDFID [2007]

    D. Books and Publications

    He also writes regularly on economic and political issues in leading Bangladeshi and international newspapers and is a frequent speaker in various television channels in Bangladesh.