Syed Basher | The Daily Star
  • Syed Basher

  • With Covid-19 hitting the poorest hardest, we must help them recover

    On May 23, 2020, The Economist magazine ran a story about the impact of Covid-19 on the poor people, with a title that anyone would have thought impossible just a few months ago: “Covid-19 is undoing years of progress in curbing global poverty.”
  • Automation is not hurting RMG employment… yet

    The readymade garments (RMG) industry is vital to Bangladesh economy. It contributes 84 percent of the total exports—nearly 13 percent of the GDP—and employs some four million workers.
  • Taka policy in a changing world

    It is still widely believed that depreciation of taka vis-à-vis foreign currencies—especially US dollar—will boost Bangladesh’s export earnings. This is true only if our exports are priced or invoiced in Bangladeshi taka. For example, if a shirt made in Bangladesh is invoiced at Tk 1,000, at an exchange rate of USD 1 = Tk 85, the shirt will cost USD 11.76 in the international market.
  • Why do the best minds of public universities perform so poorly in research?

    After I joined a leading private university in 2015, a question that puzzled me was why so many public university teachers are teaching at private universities.
  • How to think about automation

    Everyday, both in print and digital media, scary stories emerge about robots killing jobs.