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

Dr. Syed Mortuza Asif Ehsan

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Virginia Tech University, USA
MA., Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, USA

Phone: +8802 55668200 - 1813
Office: NAC 831c




Dr. S.M. Asif Ehsan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at North South University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech., USA. His current research areas include development economics, international trade, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.

As an empirical researcher, besides working on core economic issues, Dr. Ehsan has also worked on a number of interdisciplinary research projects commissioned by the North South University and the Bangladesh Planning commission, involving social and environmental aspects. He has presented his papers at several international conferences and has published in a number of high-impact factor academic journals. He also writes economic articles on national and international periodicals. At the Department of Economics of North South University, Dr. Ehsan teaches Graduate Level econometrics courses on Panel Data, Time Series forecasting, and Game Theory, among others. 

Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech, USA, Dr. Ehsan received his master's and bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Dhaka, securing First-class in both. He is a member of the American Economic Association and a lifetime member of the Bangladesh Economic Association.

Amin, S.B., Chowdhury, M.I., Ehsan, S.M.A. and Iqbal, S.Z., 2021. Solar energy and natural disasters: Exploring household coping mechanisms, capacity, and resilience in BangladeshEnergy Research & Social Science79, p.102190,  SCOPUS, SJR: Q1

Ehsan, S.M.A. and Ali, S., 2020. An Assessment of the Impact of the Slowdown of the Chinese Economy on Commonwealth Member Countries. International Trade Working Paper 2020/04. London: Commonwealth Secretariat, London. DOI:

Ehsan, S.M.A. and Akter, S., 2020. Female Labor Force Participation with Adverse Shocks: The Case of Rural Households in BangladeshInternational Review of Business Research Papers16(1) [Link]

Razzaque, M.A. and Ehsan, S.M.A., 2019. Global Trade Turmoil: Implications for LDCs, Small States and Sub-Saharan Africa. International Trade Working Paper 2019/03. London: Commonwealth Secretariat., London. DOI:


Book Chapters:

Amin, S.B., Chowdhury, M.I., Ehsan, S.M.A. and Iqbal, S.Z, 2021 "Solar Energy Sustainability in Bangladesh: Tackling the Management Challenges", Chapter 30, DesignAnalysis and Applications of Renewable Energy Systems, Elsevier, Publisher: Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0-12-824555-2. [Link

Razzaque, A.; Ehsan, S.M.A.; Bhuiyan, IH, 2020 "Barriers of Accessing Social Protection Programmes for the Poor and Marginalised", Chapter 1 (p. 56-117), Compendium of Social Protection Research in Bangladesh, General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission. [Link]

Razzaque, A.; Uddin, M; Ehsan, S.M.A.; Barua, S, 2020 "Harmonisation of Small Social Security Programmes: Issues and Policy Options" Chapter 6 (p. 367-483), Compendium of Social Protection Research in Bangladesh, General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission. [Link]

Ph.D.       Economics, Virginia Tech, USA, 2016

M.A.         Economics, Virginia Tech, USA, 2013

M.S.S.     Economics, University of Dhaka, 2010

B.S.S.      Economics, University of Dhaka, 2009

Assistant Professor, North South University (2017-present)

Graduate Instructor, Department of Economics, Virginia Tech. (2015-2016)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Virginia Tech. (2011-2014)

Graduate Level:

Econometric Analysis of Panel Data and Limited Dependent Variable Models (ECO651)

Time Series Modeling (ECO652)

Game Theory (ECO686)

Economic Development (DEV563)

Natural Resource and Ecological Economics (ENV 602)


Undergraduate Level:

Game Theory (ECO475)

Applied Time Series Forecasting (ECO472)

Introduction to Econometrics (ECO372)

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ECO354)

Introduction to Microeconomics (ECO101)

Administrative and Committee services (2017-2021)

Coordinator, Eco 101: Introduction to Microeconomics (2018 - present)

Coordinator, Brown Bag Seminar Series, Department of Economics (2020 - present)

Member, Institutional Curriculum Formatting Committee (ICFC) (2020 - present)

Member, Academic Curriculum Planning Committee (ACPC), Department of Economics (2019 - present)



American Economic Association

Bangladesh Economic Association (Life Member)

American Alumni Association (Life Member)

Cadet College Club Limited (Life member)

Development Economics

Applied Econometrics

Environmental Economics