Selim Raihan

The writer is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). Email: selim.raihan@econdu.ac.bd

May 7, 2022
May 7, 2022

Here’s what the 2022-23 budget must address

The national budget for the next fiscal year will be the third since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in March 2020. Can we expect it to address the current realities, contexts and challenges of Bangladesh?

March 2, 2022
March 2, 2022

Looking beyond the official arithmetic of inflation

Do the official inflation figures in Bangladesh reflect the actual inflation faced by the economically marginalised households in the country?

January 16, 2022
January 16, 2022

The path to development is riddled with challenges

As we continue to celebrate 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence, there is a need for an elaborate discussion about the development challenges we are about to face in the days to come. Bangladesh’s development challenges are associated with its larger development goals.

September 2, 2021
September 2, 2021

What should be our development strategies during Covid?

Seeing the varying degrees of Covid that the world has experienced over the last one and a half years, we can safely assume that this pandemic is here to stay.

August 4, 2021
August 4, 2021

Challenges facing SMEs during pandemic

In Bangladesh, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have heterogeneous characteristics, which are evident from their diverse business activities. However, the discussion on SMEs has a fundamental problem related to the definition and scope.

July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021

Covid-19 recovery: Contexts and priorities in Bangladesh

Around a year and a half have passed since the onset of the Covid crisis.

June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021

Expectations from budget

This year’s national budget will be the second to be implemented amid the ongoing unprecedented economic and social crisis brought on by Covid-19.

May 9, 2021
May 9, 2021

Stimulating private investment in times of pandemic

In Bangladesh, despite the gradual rise in the investment-GDP ratio over the past three decades, private sector investment, in proportion to GDP, had remained stagnant for years even before the onset of Covid-19. The Covid-19 crisis intensified the problem.

April 18, 2021
April 18, 2021

Strategies to address Covid-19 induced labour market challenges

Covid-19 deeply affected the labour market in Bangladesh. It intensified some of the existing challenges and brought about a new set of problems. A large number of people either lost employment or income and many are also experiencing intense job insecurity and uncertainty.

March 23, 2021
March 23, 2021

Regional integration in the Bay of Bengal: In search of a new agenda

Academics, policymakers and other stakeholders in the Bay of Bengal region and beyond agree on the need for greater integration in this region.