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Firoz Ahmed
Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor in Economics at Khulna University in Bangladesh. My research interests are primarily in the areas of applied microeconomics, development economics, behavioral economics, and environmental economics. My recent research focuses on health, agriculture, migration, environment, and disaster management. I have published in several international journals including Food Policy, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Migration and DevelopmentOne of the COVID-19 papers on RCT-based awareness campaigns and health behavior got a revision request at The Review of Economics and Statistics.

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MSc in Globalisation and Development (with great distinction), Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium (2016)

Master of Social Science (MSS) in EconomicsEconomics Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh, (2011)

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Economics (with distinction), Economics Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh, (2009)

Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, Behavioral Economics, Environmental Economics

Current Research Project/Collaboration

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Publication: Refereed Journals

Ahmed, Firoz, Fahmida Akter Oni and Sk. Sharafat  Hossen (2021). 'Does gender inequality matter for access to and utilization of maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh?', PLOS One16(9): e0257388. 

Ahmed, Firoz, Asad Islam, Debayan Pakrashi, Tabassum Rahman, and Abu Siddique (2021). ‘Determinants and Dynamics of Food Insecurity During COVID-19 in Rural Bangladesh’, Food Policy101, 102066. 

Rahman, Tabassum, Firoz Ahmed, Asad Islam, Debayan Pakrashi, and Abu Siddique. ‘Income loss and wellbeing during COVID-19 lockdown in rural Bangladesh: Evidence from large household surveys’, Bangladesh Development Studies (Forthcoming)

Ahmed, F. (2020). Does Migration Matter for Household Welfare in Bangladesh?, Migration and Development, 

Ahmed, M.F. and Billah, M.M. (2018) ‘Impact of sharecropping on rice productivity in some areas of Khulna district’, Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Research, 43(3): 417-430. 

Haider, M.Z., Ahmed, M.F. (2014) ‘Multipurpose uses of cyclone shelters: Quest for shelter sustainability and community development’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 9, 1-11. 


 Papers Under submission

1. The partisan effect of information campaigns in "managed" elections: Evidence from Bangladesh, with Roland Hodler and Asad Islam (under review)

2.  Awareness Campaigns during COVID-19 and Health Behavior: Evidence from Two Rapid Randomized Experiments in Bangladesh and India, with Abu Siddique, Tabassum Rahman, Debayan Pakrashi, and Asad Islam, (R&R at The Review of Economics and Statistics)


Working Paper/Discussion Paper

Ahmed, F., Hodler, R., and Islam,A. (2020) Voting or abstaining in "managed" elections? A field experiment in Bangladesh. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Working paper # DP14608,

Vlassopoulos, M., Siddique, A., Rahman, T., Pakrashi, D., Islam, A., & Ahmed, F. (2021). Improving Women's Mental Health During a Pandemic 

Opinion Pieces/blogs based on academic papers

1. How is the pandemic affecting mental health in developing countries? (Economics Observatory) Link
2. Delivering COVID-19 Information across the Digital Divide. (Behavioral Evidence Hub) Link
3. Food insecurity during Covid-19. (Global Dev.) Link
4. Covid-19 and the food crisis in Bangladesh: a proposal for action. (Global Dev.)  Link
5. Feeding the poorest 50 million people in Bangladesh: An alternative proposal (Newspaper article In Bengali). Link