Asadul Islam

Asadul Islam completed his PhD at Monash University in 2009 having received his BSS and MSS in Economics from the University of Dhaka, and MA in Economics from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to joining at Monash, Dr Islam worked at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) as a research associate and the research fellow. Asadul Islam works on issues related to immigration in labour economics. His recent research focuses on microfinance, schooling and health, petty corruption, and risk-sharing mechanisms of households.

Content by Asadul Islam
  • Project

    Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure

    Financial inclusion is considered to be an important aspect of the promotion of economic growth. Despite a significant increase in formal financial account ownership in recent years, a vast majority of adults in developing countries, and in particular women, still do not use them regularly. The aim of this project is to understand the factors that influence the usage of...

    11 Mar 2020 | Asadul Islam, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Blog post

    Non-price energy conservation and household energy consumption: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Research in Bangladesh shows that non-price energy conservation programmes can help support achieving energy efficiency especially regarding residential electricity usage. Household electricity consumption accounts for 40% of global energy related CO2 emissions and this is expected to grow globally by 58% by 2030 if no measures are introduced (Rasul & Hollywood 2012). ...

    5 Sep 2018 | Ahsanuzzaman A, Asadul Islam, Liang Choon Wang

  • Project

    Non-price energy conservation programme and household energy consumption in Bangladesh

    In order to meet the growing energy demand in developing countries and the obligation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, various governments are striving for higher energy production and better energy conservation while achieving sustainable economic development. As a result, countries across the...

    8 May 2017 | Asadul Islam, Liang Choon Wang, Ahsanuzzaman A

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Can SRI techniques help Bangladeshi farmers increase their yields?

    Asadul Islam of Monash University explores the implications of SRI techniques in rural Bangladesh.

    23 Sep 2016

  • Project

    Technology adoption and diffusion: The System of Rice Intensification and food security in Bangladesh

    We examine the role of farmers’ social networks to understand the diffusion and adoption of the 'System of Rice Intensification' (SRI) in Bangladesh.  Our results show that agricultural productivity could be increased significantly by adopting SRI and diffusion through opinion leaders or role models could be an effective way for information dissemination at the...

    4 Sep 2015 | Asadul Islam, Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps

  • Project

    Technology adoption and food security in rural Bangladesh

    The “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI), developed in Madagascar in the 1980s for liquidity-constrained smallholder farmers like those in Bangladesh, has demonstrated dramatic potential for increasing rice yields without requiring additional purchased inputs (seed, fertilizer, etc.), nor increased irrigation. But these gains, although widely documented in...

    30 Sep 2014 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Garth Holloway, Asadul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Ummul Hasanath Ruthbah, Jeffrey LaFrance, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Project

    Can we select the right peers in Indian education? Evidence from Kolkata

    The continuing growth of the middle class in India has led to increased demand for higher education. About 1 in 10 individuals now finish some form of higher education, giving India the third largest pool of graduates, after China and the United States. However, only a quarter of such graduates from tertiary education are actually employed in steady formal jobs. So, whilst...

    4 Sep 2014 | Paul Frijters, Asadul Islam, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Project

    Improving Educational Outcomes through parental involvement: Evidence from Randomized Experiment in Bangladesh

    Most developing countries are committed to providing universal primary education by 2015, in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals . However, these countries struggle to provide their populations with universal primary education, mostly due to lack of the required financial resources. While Bangladesh has achieved rapid progress in primary school enrolment, the low...

    4 Sep 2014 | Asadul Islam