• 4th SANEM Annual Economists’
    Conference (SAEC) 2019

    “Governing New Challenges: Inclusive Development, Trade, and Finance”

    February 16-17, 2019, BRAC Centre Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka

About the Conference

SANEM invites its competitive call for papers and participation for the 4th SANEM Annual Economists’ Conference (SAEC) 2019 on “Governing New Challenges: Inclusive Development, Trade, and Finance”. SANEM aims to promote quality economic research among academicians, researchers, policy advocates, students and young aspiring economists. SANEM proudly announces the success of the 1st SAEC 2016 on “Bangladesh: Way towards a Middle Income Country” held on February 20, 2016, the 2nd SAEC 2017 on “Managing Growth for Social Inclusion’’ held on February 18-19, 2017, and the 3rd SAEC 2018 on “Leave no one behind in South Asia” held on February 17-18, 2018. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conferences were graced with the presence of renowned economists, policy makers and participants from home and abroad. A substantial number of well-thought-out ideas were presented through quality research papers.

Schedule

  • SaturdayFEBRUARY 16, 2019
  • SundayFEBRUARY 17, 2019
08:30 - 9:00

Registration


09:00 – 10:45

INAUGURAL SESSION AND KEYNOTE SPEECH

Venue: Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Chief Guest: M. A. Mannan, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Chair: Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker, Chairman, SANEM, and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Opening Remarks by Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, SANEM and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Keynote Speech: Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director of the ESCAP-SSWA, New Delhi

Keynote Speech: Dr. Binayak Sen, Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Open Discussion

Remarks by the Chief Guest

Remarks by the Chair

TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 01:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1, 2 & 3


BREAKOUT SESSION-1 MACROECONOMIC POLICIES

Venue: Auditorium, 2nd Floor

Chair: Dr. Atiur Rahman, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank

Special Guest : Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker, Chairman, SANEM, and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Paper presentations:

• “Impact of double taxation avoidance (DTA) agreements on foreign direct investment in Nepal”, by Mr. Umesh Raj Rimal, Tax Officer, Ministry of Finance, Nepal and Mr. Bishal K Chalise, Research and Program Officer, Niti Foundation and Visiting Faculty, Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal
• “Firm-Level Productivity in South Asia: An Empirical Evidence From 7 Countries”, by Ms. Nabila Zaman, Senior Lecturer, East West University and Mr. Pablo Miah, Data Analyst, NB-IRDT, University of New Brunswick
• “Impact of Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy on Budget Deficit: An Empirical Investigation” by Mr. Farhan Khan, Research Assistant, SANEM and Mr. Zubayer Hossen, Research Economist, SANEM
• "Exchange Rate Movement and International Reserve Position in the Floating Exchange Rate Regime of Bangladesh" by Mr. Mohammad Mohidul Islam, Joint Director, Statistics Department, Bangladesh Bank

Discussant: Dr. Monzur Hossain, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chair


BREAKOUT SESSION-2 ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Venue: Meeting Room 1, 3rd Floor

Chair: Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal

Paper presentations:

• “Farmer’s Behavior toward Climate Change Adaptation Strategies, Determinants of Climate”, by Ms. Farjana Eyasmin, MSS student, Department of Economics, Pabna University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
• “Assess the Effect of Climatic and Adverse Environmental Factors in Aus, Aman and Boro Rice”, by Mr. Mahmud Al Hasan, MSC student in Agricultural Economics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
• “Impact of Climate Change and Its contribution Share to Paddy Rice Yield in Nepal: An Evidence of a Mountainous Country”, by Mr. Nirash Paija, Lecturer, Economics, National Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Nepal
• "Is Bangladesh Becoming a Pollution Safe Heaven? A VECM Analysis" by Mr. Towhid Iqram Mahmood, Research Economist, SANEM

Discussant: Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Open discussion

Remarks by the Chair


BREAKOUT SESSION-3 TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

Venue: Meeting Room 3, 3rd Floor

Chair: Dr. Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Special Guest: Dr. Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India

Paper presentations: • “India–ASEAN Trade Potential: What determines the trade flows?”, by Mr. Ashish Gupta, Economics Research Scholar, Department of Humanities, Delhi Technological University, India and Dr. Nand Kumar, Head, Department of Humanities, Delhi Technological University
• “Exchange rate and Export in Bangladesh”, by Mr. Jonaed, Research Associate, SANEM
• “Does Federal Funds Rate Affect Other Economies? Evidence from Bangladesh" by Ms. Sunera Saba Khan, Research Economist, SANEM and Mr. Towhid Iqram Mahmood, Research Economist, SANEM
• "Brexit and Bangladesh: An Exploratory Study on Likely Economic Implications" by Ms. Sherajum Monira Farin, Research Associate, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Discussant: Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chair

02:00 – 04:00

PANEL DISCUSSION ON “GOVERNING NEW CHALLENGES: INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT, TRADE, AND FINANCE - A SOUTH ASIAN PERSPECTIVE”



Venue: Auditorium, 2nd Floor

Organized By SANEM SDG Centre

Chair Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director of the ESCAP-SSWA, New Delhi

Chief Guest Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Trigger Presentation Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, SANEM and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Panelists:
  • Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India
  • Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal
  • Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Tea/Coffee Break

04:15 – 06:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4 & 5


BREAKOUT SESSION-4 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Venue: Auditorium, 2nd Floor

Chair: Dr. Ewald Rametsteiner, Senior Programme Officer (SP2), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Special Guest: Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative a.i., United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Paper presentations:
• “Drivers of Carbon Emission Embodied in Indian Exports: An Index Decomposition Analysis", Mr. Suvajit Banerjee, Department of Economics and Politics, Vidya Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, India
• “Women’s Attitudes toward Domestic Violence and Women’s Autonomy in Bangladesh and Pakistan: Two-Stage Least Squares (2SLS) Estimation”, by Ms. Syeda Samiha Azim, Research Associate, BBC Media Action, Dhaka
• “The Toll of Urbanization on Climate Change in Bangladesh”, by Mr. Muntasir Murshed, Research Analyst, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
• “Using Behavioural Economic Research Insights in Public Policy Design: Unlocking a New Horizon of Sustainable Development in Bangladesh” by Ms. Rafiqua Ferdousi, Research Economist, SANEM

Discussant: Dr. Muhammad Shahadat Hossain Siddiquee, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chair


BREAKOUT SESSION-5 POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Venue: Meeting Room 1, 3rd Floor

Chair: Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri, Executive Director, Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM)

Special Guest: Dr. M. Abu Eusuf, Professor, Department of Development Studies and Executive Director, Research and Policy Integration for Development (RAPID)

Paper presentations:
• “Agricultural Efficiency and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Nepalese Vegetable Farms”, by Dr. Rudra B. Shrestha, Senior Program Specialist, SAARC Agriculture Center, Dhaka and Visiting Professor, Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam and Purbanchal University, Nepal

• “Early Marriage, Poverty, and Dowry in Northern Bangladesh”, by Ms. Fatema Rejwana Khan, MDS, Development Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia

• “Structural Changes and Inequalities in Higher Education Participation in India Evidence from NSSO Data”, by Mr. Amit Kumar, PhD Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

• “Challenges of Financing for Inclusive Development: Poverty and Inequality ridden Farm Sector in India”, by Ms. Meenakshi Rajeev, Professor (Reserve Bank of India Chair), Centre for Economic Studies and Policy, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India and Mr. Pranav Nagendran, Research Assistant at the Center for Economic Studies and Policy at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, India
Discussant: Dr. Atonu Rabbani, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chair

SESSION BREAK

06:15 – 07:15

A SESSION FOR BUDDING RESEARCHERS


Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Chief Guest: Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Eminent Economist
Special Guest: Professor Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Moderator: Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, SANEM
Panel Discussion by Budding Researchers:
Avinno Faruk
Sheikh Atiya Islam
Chowdhury Amir Abdullah
Ayesha Ahmed
Tamanna Tabassum
Farhana Kabir
Rafia Nisat
All panelists are students of Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chief Guest

Remarks by the Moderator

07:30 – 08:00

A SESSION TO HONOUR THE LIFE AND WORK OF PROFESSOR WAHIDUDDIN MAHMUD



08:00

Dinner


08:30 - 9:00

Registration


9:00-10:30

SANEM-BIGD SESSION: EVIDENCE FOR POLICY – BRAC’S TUP PROGRAMME

11:00 – 12:45

LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES: A SPECIAL SESSION REMEMBERING MS. SIMEEN MAHMUD


VENUE: (AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR

Organized by SANEM Impact Assessment Centre

Chair: Ms. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow and Head (a.i.), Gender Studies Cluster, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC Universit
Special Guest: Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Eminent Economist
Paper presentations
• “Female Employment Stagnation in Bangladesh” by Dr. Selim Raihan and Dr. Sayema Haque Bidisha, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
• “An Extensive Study of Female Labor Force Participation in Bangladesh”, by Dr. Salma Begum, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, North South University, Bangladesh and Mr Rafe Rais Hannan, Researcher, Economic Research Group (ERG), Dhaka
• “Can MGNREGS Act as a Viable Policy Measure to Mitigate the Problem of Poverty and Unemployment in South Asian Countries?”, by Dr. Rivu Sanyal, Assistant Professor in Economics, Charuchandra College, India, Dr. Susmita Banerjee, Assistant Professor in Economics, Charuchandra College, India, and Professor Mita Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Charuchandra College, India
Discussant: Dr. Md Shanawez Hossain, Head, Capacity Building and Partnership, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University

Open discussion

Remarks by the Special Guest

Remarks by the Chair

01:30 – 03:30

POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT



VENUE: AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR

Organized by SANEM Centre on Political Economy

Chair: Dr. Rounaq Jahan, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Chief Guest: Dr. Akbar Ali Khan, Former Adviser of Caretaker Governmen
Keynote presentation: Dr. Mirza M. Hassan, Senior Research Fellow & Head, Governance & Politics Cluster
Panelists:
Dr. M. M. Akash, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
Dr. Kazi Maruful Islam, Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka
Dr. Shapan Adnan, Associate, Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, University of Oxford, UK
Dr. Ahmad Ahsan, Director, Policy Research Institute (PRI)
Dr. Naomi Hossain, Research Fellow, Power and Popular Politics Cluster, University of Sussex, UK
03:45 – 05:30

TARIFF RATIONALIZATION FOR EXPORT DIVERSIFICATION IN BANGLADESH


VENUE: AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR

Organized by SANEM Centre on International Trade

Chair : Mr. Khondaker Muhammad Aminur Rahman, Member (Customs Audit, Modernization and International Trade), National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh
Special Guest : Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, President and CEO, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
Keynote Presentation : Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, SANEM and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
Special Guest : Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, President and CEO, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
Panelist
Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur, Managing Director, Apex Enterprise Limited
Dr. Masrur Reaz, Senior Economist & Program Manager, World Bank Group, Bangladesh

SESSION BREAK

05:40 – 06:15

SPECIAL LECTURE ON “PROSPECTS AND RISKS FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2019”


VENUE: (AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR)
Moderator: Dr. Sayema Haque Bidisha, Research Director SANEM, and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
Lecture by: Dr. Tanweer Akram, Director, Global Public Policy and Economics, Thrivent Financial, USA
06:15 – 06:45

HONORING ECONOMISTS OF INFLUENCE



VENUE: AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR
Chair: Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker, Chairman, SANEM, and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Guests of Honor:

Dr. Pratima Paul Majumder, Ex-Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
Dr. Asaduzzaman, Ex-Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
06:45 – 07:00

CLOSING SESSION



07:00 – 00:00

CULTURAL EVENT AND DINNER