Zahid Hussain

March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021

Activities back, incomes not

We are going through an unprecedented time, which is economically troublesome.

December 30, 2020
December 30, 2020

Expectations From 2021: Vaccination, education and sustained economic recovery

The new year always carries the legacy of the year gone by. Expectations for the new year are naturally conditioned by these legacies. This is true every year. But 2021 is starting from an...

June 4, 2020
June 4, 2020

Next budget would be an immense balancing act

Next fiscal is likely to be one of the most challenging years from a fiscal management perspective, among others.

May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020

The economics of social distancing

Social distancing has proven to be an effective weapon for dampening the spread of coronavirus.

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020

Next fiscal year’s budget priorities must be aligned with the needs of the pandemic-hit economy

The coronavirus-infected economy requires dealing with the disease burden and the economic devastation caused by measures to contain the virus.

May 10, 2020
May 10, 2020

Our sudden and decentralised restart is hard to fathom

Bangladesh’s restart is happening, whether science supports it or not.

April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020

Technology is a useful servant. Let’s harness it for social protection, social distancing and community testing.

The government is hard-pressed in responding to the raging coronavirus pandemic with every resource, instrument, policy and strategy it can get its hands on.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Cash transfer is the assistance the poor need right now

Early data on the poverty impact of the coronavirus-induced coma of the economy, as Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman characterises it, is rather alarming.

April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020

We paused the economy to save lives. But how do we press play again?

The historical novelty of the coronavirus shock has unravelled as the lockdown continues. Bangladesh’s economic expansion is projected to face a drastic brake.

April 12, 2020
April 12, 2020

Making the bell toll for the poor and the vulnerable

Are we doing enough to support households dependent on labour income from the formal and informal sectors in this time of distress?