Farria Naeem

Farria holds an MSc in Economics for Development from University of Oxford, UK and a BA (Honours) in Economics and Mathematics from University of Windsor, Canada.  Prior to joining the IGC, Farria was working at International Food Policy Research Institute as a Senior Research Analyst conducting policy research in the area of poverty, nutrition and social protection in Bangladesh. She has also worked as a Research Analyst at the World Bank analyzing the growth impact of developments in the external sector of Bangladesh economy, particularly, in the area of trade, remittance, FDI and exchange rate. Farria’s research interests include: poverty dynamics, migration, education, economics of social network and political economy in the context of developing countries.  

Content by Farria Naeem
  • Publication - Project Report

    Resilient jobs to support Bangladesh’s economic development and equity

    This draft paper identifies eight key opportunities for Bangladesh’s labour market to further support economic development that is inclusive and equitable for all Bangladeshis. In outlining the eight key opportunities, the paper discusses related academic literature, suggests policy and research directions, and identifies the main government agencies responsible for these...

    15 Oct 2021 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic effects of COVID-19 on garment factories in Bangladesh

    COVID-19 poses a challenge to the future of Bangladesh’s apparel sector and its economy. This research provides evidence on its economic impact from a survey with a representative random sample of members from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exports Association (BGMEA)’s members. Our survey shows that, on average, BGMEA member factories experienced a...

    13 Oct 2021 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem

  • Blog post

    Building back better: Fostering gender equality in Bangladeshi readymade garment industry

    Post-COVID-19 recovery in one of Bangladesh’s largest industries could lead to increased inclusivity thanks to external market pressures.  Editor's note: This blog is part of our International Women's Day campaign and contains findings from this IGC project. In Bangladesh, inclusive and resilient employment generation has received considerable policy focus as a...

    30 Mar 2021 | Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 and taxes: Policies for the post-pandemic recovery

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on public finances across developing countries. Large fiscal responses and weak economic activity have widened deficits and increased public debt, which for many will be unsustainable over the medium-term. It is important for policymakers to consider policies for mobilising additional revenue. To this end, this...

    27 Jan 2021 | Oliver Harman, Anders Jensen, Farria Naeem, Moussa Saab, Shahrukh Wani, Nick Wilkinson

  • Blog post

    Tax reforms to support an equitable and pro-poor recovery in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has strained government finances. To address these fiscal challenges and support growth, policymakers will need to mobilise revenue in a way that encourages an inclusive recovery. Tax policy will therefore need to be innovative, efficient and equitable. Across the globe, pandemic containment efforts and disbursal of economic and health support...

    27 Jan 2021 | Farria Naeem, Nick Wilkinson

  • Project

    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on workers and firms in Bangladesh's garment sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic is striking the global apparel value chain extremely hard from multiple directions. Apparel sectors in developing countries, which play critical roles in these countries’ industrialisation and economic growth, are arguably most vulnerable to this shock. In Bangladesh, where the apparel sector constitutes more than 80% of exports, the Bangladesh...

    1 Nov 2020 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem, Rachel Heath

  • Data Item

    Data: Training productivity, and upgrading: Pilot of evaluation of female and supervisor training programs in the Bangladesh apparel sector

    We marketed a training program for lower level managers (line supervisors) to large factories in the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry. Take-up of the program (even for a free slot) was low, due to intense production pressures, fire-fighting and concerns over retention of trained workers. Take-up is quite insensitive to pricing. There was higher interest and demand in...

    27 Feb 2019

  • Blog post

    Digital Bangladesh: Impact of electronic government procurement

    Corruption in procurement practices of developing country governments remains a significant source of waste and expenditure. In Bangladesh, the introduction of an electronic procurement system could significantly raise the quality and competitiveness of bidding for public project contracts with implications for future investment and growth in Bangladesh. The...

    12 May 2016 | Farria Naeem

  • Blog post

    Injecting science into the GMO debate

    Much of the policy discourse around GMOs and regulation continues to be fed by ideological posturing, not science. In this blog, Farria Naeem, IGC Country Economist in Bangladesh, calls for a greater commitment to understanding the science and evidence on GMOs and the role they could play resolving Bangladesh’s food-security challenges. One main reason behind the...

    18 Sep 2015 | Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Managerial Capital and Productivity (Policy Brief)

    17 Mar 2015 | Christopher Woodruff, Farria Naeem

  • Project

    Gender empowerment and productivity in the garment sector

      Within Bangladesh’s garment sector, women make up 80% of workers but less than 10% of managers. Researchers piloted a study that provided training to employees and evaluated their rates of promotion and performance as managers. They found female trainees are as or more effective managers than the male trainees, but promotion rates for the female trainees...

    17 Mar 2015 | Christopher Woodruff, Rocco Macchiavello, Andreas Menzel, Farria Naeem