Wahiduddin Mahmud

June 7, 2020
June 7, 2020

The Great Lockdown

The social distancing measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 infection have been appropriately called the Great Lockdown, in remembrance of the Great Recession of the 1930s.

December 26, 2019
December 26, 2019

Reclaiming a Moral Economy

Bangladesh currently ranks among the fastest growing major economies in the world, notwithstanding some doubts about the growth estimates.

June 11, 2018
June 11, 2018

How democracies die and economies grow

There are two prominent themes of contemporary development discourses, both lacking a consensus, as reflected in academic research and in their popular versions in bestseller books.

May 15, 2018
May 15, 2018

A matter of definition?

In 2015, we welcomed the good news that Bangladesh had graduated from the low-income to low-middle-income status in the World Bank's classification of countries.

April 7, 2018
April 7, 2018

In memory of Simeen Mahmud

It is both difficult and painful to write an obituary of a spouse, particularly if the death is an untimely one. Yet many friends and academic colleagues of Simeen, my wife who has recently died at a Harvard hospital within hours of being rushed to the emergency room, have requested me to do so since they think that she was both my “intellectual and life's partner”.

June 2, 2017
June 2, 2017

Ambitious, populist with eye on polls

If the past record of budget implementation is any guide, the proposed budget definitely looks ambitious in terms of both revenue