Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Salma Begum Rahman

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Economics, University of Kentucky, USA
M.S., Economics, University of Kentucky, USA
M.S.S., Economics, National University of Singapore, Singapore
B. Ec., (Hons), Economics, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1823
Email: salma.begum@northsouth.edu
Office: NAC 831D

Curriculum Vitae

I am an economist by training and an educator by profession. My teaching interests include economics of labor market, public finance, law and economics, health economics, and econometrics. 

I am a nature lover and I enjoy traveling in my spare time. I'm also an avid follower of Tigers (Bangladesh National Cricket Team); their victory can brighten up any day.

Current Research: 

Begum, Salma, and Christopher Bollinger, Employment of Single Mothers: Child Care Costs and Effectiveness of the EITC”, (presented at the SEA Annual Conference in November, 2015)

Begum, Salma, and Zahra Tahreen, Compliance and Safety Standards in the Readymade Garments Sector of Bangladesh: An Econometric Analyses, (presented at the 13th Asian Business Research Conference 2015 and was awarded the best Journal Paper Certificate for a WBI journal “International Review of Business Research Papers”).

Book Chapters: 

Ahmed, Muzaffar, and Begum Salma, Introductory Chapter in “Who gets what: A gender analysis of public expenditure in Bangladesh”, Barbara Evers and Kaniz Siddique (eds.), University Press Limited, Bangladesh, 2006

Siddique Kaniz, , and Begum Salma, Chapter on Industrial Sector in “Emerging Issues in Bangladesh Economy: A Review of Bangladesh’s Development 2005-06”, Center for Policy Dialogue and University Press Limited, Bangladesh, 2008

Policy Papers, Reviews, and Technical Reports:

Ahmed Sabbir, Salma Begum, and Mashfiqur Rahman, “Assessing Macro Impacts of Community –Based Fisheries Management (CBFM) in the Inland Open Water Fishery Sector of Bangladesh”, World Fish Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006

Islam Asad, and Salma Begum, “Assessing Economy-wide Impacts of Micro Interventions in the Inland Fishery Sector: A Case Study of Community-Based Fishery Management (CBFM) in Bangladesh”, World Fish Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005

Rashid, M. Ali, and Begum, Salma,, “RMG value chain Analysis and Informational Needs Assessment Study”, German Technical Assistance, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005

Begum, Salma, “Initiatives Profile in RMG Sector for Post-MFA Challenges in Bangladesh”, International Labor Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004

Third National Plan of Action for Children (2004-09), Govt. of Bangladesh and UNICEF, Dhaka, 2004

 Bangladesh Country Paper for Asia Poverty Research (Phase I work), Action Aid Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1999

Research Challenge Trust Fund II Gatton Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, 2009

Teaching Assistantship, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, fall 2007 - 2012

Teaching Assistantship, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, 2002

Tuition Fee Grant, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, 2002

Golden Key National Honor Society, Monash Chapter, Australia, 1996

Undergraduate Scholarship, Australian International Development Assistance, 1993-1997

Higher Secondary Scholarship for Second Position in the Merit List, Government of Bangladesh, 1992

Secondary School Scholarship for First Posittion in the Merit List, Government of Bangladesh, 1990

Ph.D., Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, 2012 (Labor, Public Economics)

M.Sc., Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, 2008

M.Soc.Sci., Economics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2002

B.Ec.(Hons), Economics, Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia, 1997 

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka, 2013–present

Instructor, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, fall 2008 – fall 2012

Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, fall 2007 – summer 2008

Lecturer (on study-leave), Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka, fall 2007 – 2012

Lecturer, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka, summer 2003 – summer 2007

Lecturer, Department of Economics, Northern University, Dhaka, Spring 2003

Operations Director, EHS+ Center, North South University, Dhaka, since February 2016
Information and Conference Officer, International Jute Organization, May1999- Dec 2001
Consultant, Action Aid Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 1998 - April 1999

Courses Taught at NSU

ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics (Undergraduate)

ECO 172 Introduction to Statistics (Undergraduate)

ECO 173 Applied Statistics (Undergraduate)

ECO 203 Intermediate Microeconomics I (Undergraduate)

ECO 314 Public Finance (Undergraduate)

ECO 341 Economics of Labor and Labor Markets (Undergraduate)

ECO 372 Introduction to Econometrics (Undergraduate)

ECO 511 Microeconomic Analysis (Graduate)

ECO 502 Econometrics (Graduate)

ECO 503 Microeconomic Theory (Graduate)

Bangladesh Economic Association

American Alumni Association
Australia Awards Alumni Association of Bangladesh (A4B)

My research interests lie in applied microeconomics, with particular interest in labor market and public policy.