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  • Project

    Mobile banking and remittances among garment workers in Bangladesh: An experimental study

    Mobile money has been shown to have a positive impact on household poverty reduction. However, little experimental evidence exists on the impacts of mobile money on household financial and risk management. We used a randomised experiment to study the adoption, impacts, and perceptions of mobile money in Bangladesh. We found that mobile money adoption has positive...

    5 Oct 2015 | Abu Shonchoy, Jean N. Lee, Jonathan Morduch, Hassan Zaman

  • Project

    Contractual flexibility in the credit market, selection into borrowing, and firm growth: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Evidence shows microfinance borrowing firms and households fail to see substantial increases in business growth or consumption resulting from loans. Researchers evaluated the direct and indirect effects of a new flexible BRAC loan contract through a randomised control trial. Results showed increasing repayment flexibility improved the effectiveness of microfinance...

    2 Oct 2015 | Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam, Marianna Battaglia

  • 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

  • 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

  • Event

    BIGD, BRAC University international conference 2014 on political economy, accountability and governance

    A three-day International Conference on Political Economy, Accountability and Governance was held in Dhaka from 11-13 December, 2014. The event was organised by the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in partnership with the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Effective States and...

    1 December 2014

  • Blog post

    Manufacturing growth and the lives of Bangladeshi women

    Rapid expansion of the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh has radically altered the social and economic fabric of Bangladesh, particularly the lives of Bangladeshi women, who comprise the majority of the garment sector’s work force. This blog explores the effect of garment factories on the age of marriage and first child for girls exposed to garment sector jobs,...

    4 Aug 2015 | Rachel Heath, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Effect of Electronic Public Procurement (Working Paper)

    29 May 2015 | Wahid Abdallah

  • Blog post

    Eradicating extreme poverty in Bangladesh

    Extreme poverty is officially defined in Bangladesh in terms of total living expenses of a family falling short of the cost of minimum food needs. Since a part of spending of such a family will have to be incurred on essential non-food items like fuel or clothing, the minimum calorie needs of the family will not be met at such levels of total spending – hence the distinct...

    28 May 2015 | Wahiduddin Mahmud

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Managerial Capital and Productivity (Policy Brief)

    17 Mar 2015 | Christopher Woodruff, Farria Naeem