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
  • 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