Dr. Shubhasish Barua

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Assistant Professor

University of Dhaka


Brief Biography

Dr. Shubhasish Barua is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also served as a Research Economist at the Bangladesh Bank and as a Senior Project Economist at the Institute of Microfinance (now known as Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development, InM). He obtained PhD in Economics degree from the University of Warwick, UK in 2016 and MSC in Economics and Econometrics degree (with Distinction) from the University of Essex, UK in 2008. Earlier he had obtained BSS and MSS degree in Economics from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Field of Interests

His research interests centre on understanding the strategic responses of economic agents (e.g., firms, households or individuals) to changes in economic environments. His current research spans broadly in the areas of development economics and international trade from understanding how firms (or factories) in developing countries adjust to rising international competition to how households respond to natural disasters and health shocks in rural areas. He is particularly interested in impact evaluation of development interventions using micro level survey data and randomized experiments. He has experience in designing appropriate financial protection schemes (e.g. microinsurance) and regulatory framework in developing countries.

Fields of Expertise

Current Research Projects

1. Developing and Implementing Inclusive Insurance in Bangladesh: A Research Report Prepared for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
URL: https://openjicareport.jica.go.jp/pdf/1000038092.pdf

2. Endline Survey of Pilot Project on Weather Index Based Crop Insurance (WIBCI). The project’s aim is to develop and implement weather index-based crop insurance in Bangladesh as an adaptation tool to reduce the climate variability and extreme weather vulnerability of the agriculture sector, especially impacting small farm households.

3. Final Impact Evaluation of UPP-Ujjibito Component under Food Security 2012 Bangladesh-Ujjibito. The project targeted 325,000 vulnerable and women-headed households for sustainable graduation from ultra-poverty, which is not limited to achieve income poverty only but also entails to achieve nutritional security and improve asset base and social status.

4. Pathway to Sustainable Development and Human Dignity and Choice: Lessons learned from ENRICH. The project takes into account multiple dimensions of poverty, including a wide range of economic, social, and environmental indicators; and addresses them in an integrated fashion.

5. First Bi-annual Evaluation of Suchana Project (Bi-annual Survey for Suchana). The Suchana program is a six-year initiative that aims to prevent chronic malnutrition in children in the first 1,000 days of their lives in the districts of Sylhet and Moulvibazar in Sylhet Division.

6. Feasibility Study of Livestock Insurance Sector in Bangladesh Exploring feasibility of microinsurance market for ensuring sustainability of livestock based income-generating (IGA) activities in Bangladesh.

Key Publications

Greeley, M., Shahan, A. M. & Barua, S., 2021. Sustainable Development, Human Dignity and Choice: Lessons from the ENRICH Programme, Bangladesh. 1st ed. s.l.

Springer. Barua, S. & Banerjee, A., 2020. Impact of Climatic Shocks on Household Well-being: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh. Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development 30(1–2) 89–112,, 30(1-2), pp. 89-112.

Barua, S. & Rafiq, F., 2020. Macroeconomic Determinants of Remittances and Implications for Economic Growth: Evidence from Bangladesh. In: M. Hossain , ed. Bangladesh’s Macroeconomic Policy. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 371-392.

Khondoker, B. H., Wadood, S. . N. & Barua, S., 2011. Urbanization Management and Emerging Regional Disparity in Bangladesh: Policies and Strategies for Decentralized Economic Growth. In: K. M. Mustafa & S. Alam, eds. Sixth Five Year Plan 2011-2015, Background Papers, Volume 4: Cross Sectoral Issues. Dhaka: BIDS and GED, Planning Commission, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, , pp. 55-188.

Ahsan, M. S. et al., 2013. The Microinsurance Market in Bangladesh: An Analytical Overview. Bangladesh Development Studie, 36(1), pp. 1-54.

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Department Of Development Studies, Social Sciences Building, 5th Floor, University Of Dhaka

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