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

Dr. Mustafa Abdur Rahman

Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor

Ph.D., in Economics University of Western Sydney, Australia
M.A., in Economics Vanderbilt University, USA
M.S.S., in Economics University of Dhaka
B.S.S. in Economics University of Dhaka

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1821
Email: mustafa.rahman@northsouth.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

 

Teaching Interest

My areas of teaching interest are: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Applied Mathematics, Research Methodology, Labour Economics and Public Finance.  

Research Interest

Over the last couple of years I researched widely in the areas of macroeconomic policy, micro credit, poverty, labour market, human resource development, capacity building, rural development, employment generation, child labour, working condition, enterprise development etc.

I. Articles Published in International Refereed Journals:

 

  1. Rahman, M.A. (2015): “Relative Deprivation and the Working Poor: An Empirical Analysis”, The Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 379-389. B-tier Journal in ABDC 2013 and ERA 2010 Lists.
  2. Rahman, M.A. (2014): “Are There Any Roles for Social Conformity and Deviance in Poverty? Insights from a Field Study on Working Poverty and Educational Investment in Bangladesh”, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 19.4, December, pp.1-14. Co-authored with Partha Gangopadhyay and Biswa Nath Bhattacharya. A-tier Journal in ERA Ranking, 2010.
  3. Rahman, M.A. (2014): “Working Poverty, Social Exclusion and Destitution: An Empirical Study”, Economic Modelling, Vol.37: pp. 241-250. Co-authored with Partha Gangopadhyay and Sriram Shankar. A-tier Journal in ERA and ABDC Ranking, 2010.
  4. Rahman, M.A. (2013): “Household Characteristics and Poverty: A Logistic Regression Analysis”, The Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 47, No.1. B-tier Journal in ABDC 2013 and ERA 2010 Lists.
  5. Rahman, M. A. (2011): “Quality Traps in Localized Competition”, Modern Applied Science, Vol. 5, No. 5. Co-authored with Partha Gangopadhyay and Nasser Elkanj. A-tier Journal in ERA Ranking, 2010.
  6. Rahman, M. A. (2011): “Application of Theories of Complexity and Chaos to Economic Misgovernance”, Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, 7 (3): 239-248. Co-authored with Partha Gangopadhyay and Nasser Elkanj. B-tier Journal in ERA Ranking, 2010.
  7. Rahman, M.A. (2011): “Working Poverty and Costly Conflicts: Some Worrying Signs from a Field Study in Bangladesh”, Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, Vol. 24, Nos.1-2, June-December. Co-authored with Partha Gangopadhyay. B-tier Journal in ERA Ranking, 2010.
  8. Rahman, M. A.(1990):“Overtime and Employment Creation in Manufacturing Industries: Issues, Constraints and Policies”, Bangladesh Development Studies, Vol. XVIII, No. 4. C-tier Journal in ERA Ranking, 2010.

 

II. Articles Published in Local Refereed Journals:

 

  1. Rahman, M.A. (2012): “Gender Disparity in Earnings: Some Evidences from Bangladesh”, Journal of Society, Economy and Development, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  2. Rahman, M.A. (1990): “Grameen Bank in Employment Creation and Poverty Alleviation”, Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration, Vol. IV, No. 2.
  3. Rahman, M.A. (1990): 'Functions and Functionaries of the Bangladesh Secretariat, Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration, Vol. IV, No. 1.
  4. Rahman, M.A. (1987): “Informal Vocational Training and Human Capital Formation: Process, Potentials and Perspective”, Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration, Vol. I, No.2, July 1987.
  5. Rahman, M.A. (1983): “External Trade of Bangladesh in Retrospect”, Bangladesh Journal of Political Economy, Vol. VI, No. 2.

 

III. Articles published in the Bangladesh Quarterly Economic Update:
  1. “Employment and Labour Market in Bangladesh: Trends and Challenges”, March-June, 2015. ADB, Dhaka.
IV. Book Chapters:

 

  1. 'Total Productivity Management for Productivity Improvement: Lessons of Experience from a Japanese Manufacturing Company' in Sinha, D.P. and Prasad, B. (eds.), Redeployment of Labour in South Asia, Hyderabad: Delta Publishing House, AMDISA, 1995.
  2. 'Labour Management and Productivity for Development, ' in Rahim B. Talukder (ed.), Management of Change in South Asia, Dhaka: University Press Limited, 1994.
  3. 'Bureaucratic Realities and Experiences in Bangladesh,' in B.L. Maheshwari, (ed.), Innovations in Management for Development, New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, 1992.
  4. 'Employment-Remittance Relationship,' in Migration of Labour from Bangladesh to the Middle East, published jointly by World Bank and Bangladesh Manpower Planning Centre, Dhaka, May 1983.

 

V. Paper under Review:
  1. Transitory Rural-Urban Migration: Issues and Evidences.
VI. Working Papers
  1. ‘Decent Work Country Program: Bangladesh’, Dhaka: ILO Area Office, July 2006.
  2. ‘Determining the Impact of Information and Communication Technology on Decent Work’, Bangkok: ILO Regional Office, May 2005.
  3. 'Manpower Deficiency in Bangladesh and Highly Qualified Nationals Abroad: An Attempt towards Possible Harmonization', IOM, Geneva, 1998 (mimeo).
  4. ‘Data Base on Child Labour: Bangladesh’, ILO / IPEC, Dhaka: ILO Area Office, December 1998.
  5. ‘Review of the Implementation of IPEC Action Programmes: 1995’ ILO/IPEC, Dhaka: ILO Area Office, March 1998.
  6. ‘Child Labour in Bangladesh: Background Paper on the Issues, Policies and Recommendations,' ILO / IPEC, Dhaka: ILO Area Office, January 1997.
  7. ‘Impact and Situation of Credit in Selected Pilot Areas of the ILO-Japan Regional Project on Employment Promotion: Bangladesh Chapter- Phase I’, Dhaka: ILO Area Office, 1996.
  8. 'Evaluation of Selected Studies and Impact Assessment of Macroeconomic Instruments for Employment Promotion, Formulation of Recommendations Specifying the Roles of MOLM and Others, and Compilation of Labour Market Information Indicating National Employment Situation', Dhaka: ILO Area Office, 1994.
  9. 'Delay in the Disposal of Cases: A Structural Analysis of the Bangladesh Secretariat', Dhaka: Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, 1987.
  10. 'Performance and Potentials of Tool-Kits Scheme of BMET for Employment Generation: A Study of Successful Beneficiaries', Dhaka: ILO Area Office, 1986.
  11. 'Process of Skill Formation in Non-formal Sector: A Case Study of Bangladesh', Dhaka: ILO Area Office, 1984.
  12. Remittances in a Capital Poor Country', Dhaka: Bangladesh Manpower Planning Centre, 1983.

 

  1. IDA-WB (1349-BD) Fellowship for the year 1988. A scholarship for Masters Program in Economics based at the Vanderbilt University, USA.
  2. International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), University of Western Sydney, Australia for the year 2007. A scholarship for Ph.D. Program in Economics based at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
  1. Ph.D. (Economics), University of Western Sydney, Australia, September 2011. Thesis topic: ‘Working Poor in Bangladesh: An Attempt at Understanding its Nature and Causes’.
  2. M.A. (Economics), Vanderbilt University, USA, 1989. Thesis topic: ‘Overtime and Employment Creation in Manufacturing Industries: Issues, Constraints and Policies’.
  3. M.S.S. (Economics), Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1977.
  4. B.S.S. (Hons.) in Economics, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1976

During the tenure of my service over the last 30 years I worked at various capacities at various levels. The positions I held are as follows:

  1. Associate Professor and Director, BBA Program, School of Business and Economics, North South University, Dhaka from October 10, 2013 to January 23, 2014.
  2. Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka, from January 24, 2012 to March 30, 2013.
  3. Head of the Policy Research Department, PROSHIKA (a leading NGO in Bangladesh), Dhaka from June 2000 to July 2004.
  4. Program Director, Institute of Management and Information Technology (IMIT), Dhaka from May 1999 to June 2000.
  5. Deputy Director, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), Dhaka from August 1985 to May 1999.
  6. Assistant Chief, Bangladesh Manpower Planning Centre (BMPC), Dhaka from March 1982 to July 1985.
  7. Research Fellow, National Foundation for Research on Human Resource Development (NFRHRD), Dhaka from March 1980 to February 1982.

  Being in these positions, I had to accomplish both academic and administrative activities which included among others : conduct academic sessions, supervise graduate and undergraduate thesis students, document the process of student learning outcome, review and develop curriculum, steer research activities, conduct sample survey, prepare research reports, project proposals, background papers for policy, country papers, situation analysis reports, study tour reports, monitoring and evaluation reports, peer feedback reports, memorandum of understanding , e annual budget, annual work plan, oversee disciplinary aspects of the office, monitor performance of the employees, job description of the employees, manage employees, conduct meetings, preside coordination meetings, network with other organisations, hold consultations with various stakeholders, design and implement training programs & training modules, organise study tours both at home and abroad, organise seminars and workshops, negotiate with the donors for technical assistance, procure funds for research, perform the whole process of recruitment, draft service rules, work with foreign delegations and missions, negotiate with donors correspond with various organisations both national and international etc.

During the tenure of my service over the last 30 years I worked at various capacities at various levels. The positions I held are as follows:

  1. Associate Professor and Director, BBA Program, School of Business and Economics, North South University, Dhaka from October 10, 2013 to January 23, 2014.
  2. Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka, from January 24, 2012 to March 30, 2013.
  3. Head of the Policy Research Department, PROSHIKA (a leading NGO in Bangladesh), Dhaka from June 2000 to July 2004.
  4. Program Director, Institute of Management and Information Technology (IMIT), Dhaka from May 1999 to June 2000.
  5. Deputy Director, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), Dhaka from August 1985 to May 1999.
  6. Assistant Chief, Bangladesh Manpower Planning Centre (BMPC), Dhaka from March 1982 to July 1985.
  7. Research Fellow, National Foundation for Research on Human Resource Development (NFRHRD), Dhaka from March 1980 to February 1982.

  Being in these positions, I had to accomplish both academic and administrative activities which included among others : conduct academic sessions, supervise graduate and undergraduate thesis students, document the process of student learning outcome, review and develop curriculum, steer research activities, conduct sample survey, prepare research reports, project proposals, background papers for policy, country papers, situation analysis reports, study tour reports, monitoring and evaluation reports, peer feedback reports, memorandum of understanding , e annual budget, annual work plan, oversee disciplinary aspects of the office, monitor performance of the employees, job description of the employees, manage employees, conduct meetings, preside coordination meetings, network with other organisations, hold consultations with various stakeholders, design and implement training programs & training modules, organise study tours both at home and abroad, organise seminars and workshops, negotiate with the donors for technical assistance, procure funds for research, perform the whole process of recruitment, draft service rules, work with foreign delegations and missions, negotiate with donors correspond with various organisations both national and international etc.

Courses Teaching Currently:  

Course Code Name of the Course Level
ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics Undergraduate
ECO 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics Undergraduate
ECO 134 Applied Mathematics- I Undergraduate
ECO 203 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory - I Undergraduate
ECO 244 Applied Mathematics- II Undergraduate
ECO 314 Public Finance Undergraduate
ECO 349 Bangladesh Economy Undergraduate
ECO 455 Economic Research Undergraduate
ECO 484 Project Evaluation and Analysis Undergraduate
ECO 495 Supervised Research Undergraduate
ECO 496 Supervised Internship (Economics) Undergraduate
BUS 498 Supervised Internship (Business) Undergraduate
DEV 504 Research Methodology in Social Science Graduate
DEV 563 Economic Development Graduate
DEV 567 Project Evaluation and Analysis Graduate
DEV 570 Advanced Method in Development Research Graduate
ECO 689 Project Evaluation and Analysis Graduate
ECO 695 Supervised Master’s Thesis (Economics) Graduate
Research/Consultancy Experiences
  • July 3 - October 3, 2017: Economist, Feasibility Study of Proposed Bogra to Nilphamari via Rangpur Gas Transmission Pipeline Project. Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Company, Ministry of Finance, Government of Banglsdesh.
  • November 7, 2010 - January 20, 2011: Consultant, Urban Informal Economy-IPEC (BGD/07/01/NET), ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • September 8 - October 5, 2010: Consultant, Violence against Women, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • August 22-31, 2006: Consultant, Decent Work Country Program, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • October 28-December 31, 2004: Consultant, Decent Work in Asia and the Pacific, ILO - Japan Multi - Bilateral Program, Regional Office, Bangkok.
  • October 18 - November 17, 2003: Research Associate, Agriculture Sector Studies,
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Bangladesh.
  • April-June 15, 2001: Consultant, Data Base on Socio-economic Security- Bangladesh, In focus Program on Socioeconomic Security, ILO, Geneva.
  • December, 1998: Consultant, Data Base on Child Labour: Bangladesh, ILO/IPEC, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • December 1997-March 1998: Consultant, Incorporation of Child Labour Component in the Training Curricula of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, ILO/IPEC, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • October 15-December 14, 1996: Consultant, Review of the Implementation of IPEC Action Programmes: 1995, ILO/ IPEC, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • March 1-May 31, 1996: Consultant, Child Labour in Bangladesh, ILO/IPEC, ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • July 20-October 31, 1995: Consultant, ILO-Japan Regional Project on Employment Promotion, ILO-PEP, Bangkok.
  • October 1-December 31, 1994: Consultant, ILO-Japan Regional Project on Employment Promotion, ILO-PEP, Bangkok.
  • June-August 1993: Principal Researcher, Grameen Bank in Employment Creation and Poverty Alleviation, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Dhaka.
  • January-February 1991: Associate Researcher, Impact of Gulf Crisis on Bangladesh Economy, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
  • May-June 1990: Consultant, The Working Poor in Bangladesh, ILO-ARPLA, Bangkok.
  • June 1990: Consultant, Macro-Economic Modelling of Bangladesh Economy, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka.
  • July-December 1987: Associate Researcher, Delay in the Disposal of Cases: A Structural Analysis of the Bangladesh Secretariat, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Dhaka.
  • January-April 1987: Consultant, Relative Cost of Overtime and Employment Creation in Developing Countries, ILO-ROAP, Bangkok.
  • October-November 1986: Strengthening of Manpower and Employment Programmes (BGD 81/036), ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • April-July 1985: Economist, Project Management & Consultancy, Services Ltd. Dhaka.
  • July 1984: National Consultant, Strengthening of Manpower and Employment Programmes (BGD/81/036), the ILO Area Office, Dhaka.
  • September 1981-March 1982: Regional Supervisor, Rural Finance Experimental Project, USAID, Dhaka.
  • January-March 1980: Research Assistant, Study on the Situation of Children in Bangladesh, UNICEF, Dhaka.
  • January-December 1979: Junior Analyst, Rural Industries Study Project, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka.
  • January-December 1978: Research Assistant, Wage Earner's Scheme in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka.
Conferences/Seminars/Workshops Attended

 

  1. Participated in the Australian Academy of Business and Social Sciences Conference 2014 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25-26th August, 2014 and presented a paper entitled “Relative Deprivation and the Working Poor: An Empirical Analysis”
  2. Participated in the 7th Australasian Development Economics Workshop (ADEW) held at the University of Western Australia from June 9-10, 2011 and presented a paper entitled “Seasonal Migration with Gift-giving and Gift-exchanges: Lessons from a Field Study of Rural-urban Migration in Bangladesh” jointly with Partha Gangopadhyay.
  3. Participated in the mid-term technical meeting of the ILO/JILPT Networking of National Institutes for Labour Studies, organized by the ILO-Japan Multi-Bilateral Program and held at Bangkok from December 2-3, 2004.
  4. Participated in the third academic conference of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), held at Dhaka Bangladesh, from February 4-7, 1994, and presented a paper entitled “Labour Management and Productivity for Development”.
  5. Participated in the seminar on Handicrafts and Export-Economy, organized by Bangla craft-ZHT/TA Partnership Programme, held at Dhaka on February 24, 1994 and presented a paper entitled “Handicraft and the Export-Led Growth: Problems and Prospects for Bangladesh”.
  6. Participated in the Workshop on ‘Redeployment of Labour’ organized by AMDISA, held at the Institute of Public Enterprise, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, from December 19-21, 1994 and presented a paper entitled “Total Productivity Management for Productivity Improvement: Lessons of Experience from a Japanese Manufacturing Company”.
  7. Participated in a research workshop on Complementarities of the Economies of the OIC Member Countries, organized jointly by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and Islamic Development Bank; held at Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 3-6, 1993 and presented a note entitled “Comment on: Intra Member Countries Migration, Returned Migrants and Remittances”.
  8. Participated in the second academic conference of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), held at Kathmandu, Nepal, from May 3-6, 1992 and presented a paper entitled “Bureaucratic Realities and Experiences in Bangladesh”.

 

Editorial Experience:
  • Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration, from 1990-1995.
  • Peer Reviewer, The Journal of Developing Areas, from 2009 to till date.

 

Extra Curricular Activities
  • Lead Coordinator, Research Committee, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka.
  • Member, Promotion Committee, Department of Economics, North South University, Dhaka.
  • Coordinator, Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Test for Eco-134 (Applied Mathematics -1).

Over the last couple of years I researched widely in the areas of macroeconomic policy, micro credit, poverty, labour market, human resource development, capacity building, rural development, employment generation, child labour, working condition, enterprise development etc.