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 The Review of Economics and Statistics (called the top 10 Economics Journals), Food Policy, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Migration and DevelopmentOne of the COVID-19 experimental studies on improving women's mental health during a pandemic got conditional acceptance from American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (called the top 10 Economics Journals). Another paper on the partisan effects of information campaigns in competitive authoritarian elections got a revision request from Economic Journal (One of the top Economics Journals).

Upcoming talks:

Young Economists' Meeting 2022 (26-27 May) [Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic]

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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

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Publication: Refereed Journals

1. Vlassopoulos, Michael.Siddique, Abu.Rahman, Tabassum.Pakrashi, Debayan., Islam, Asad., and Ahmed, Firoz (2023). Improving Women's Mental Health During a Pandemic  (Forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics) (called top 10 Economics Journals)

2. Abu SiddiqueTabassum RahmanDebayan Pakrashi, Asad Islam, Firoz Ahmed (2022)Raising Health Awareness in Rural Communities: A Randomized Experiment in Bangladesh and India, (Forthcoming at The Review of Economics and Statistics(called top 10 Economics Journals)

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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)

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

7. 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. 

8. 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. 


Revise and Resubmit

Partisan effects of information campaigns in competitive authoritarian elections: Evidence from Bangladesh, with Roland Hodler and Asad Islam (R&R at the Economic Journal) (one of the top Economics Journals)


Working Paper/Discussion Paper

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

Ongoing Field Experiments

1. Religion, supernatural beliefs, and economic behavior: Evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment in Bangladesh, with Andreas Pondorfer, and Jonathan F Schulz

2. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) based health information for antenatal and postnatal care services in rural Bangladesh, with Asad Islam, Umair Khalil, and Tabassum Rahman

Opinion Pieces/blogs based on academic papers

1. Covid-19 and mental health: Improving women’s mental well-being via telecounselling (I4I: Ideas for India) Link
2. How is the pandemic affecting mental health in developing countries? (Economics Observatory) Link
3. Delivering COVID-19 Information across the Digital Divide. (Behavioral Evidence Hub) Link
4. Food insecurity during Covid-19. (Global Dev.) Link
5. Covid-19 and the food crisis in Bangladesh: a proposal for action. (Global Dev.)  Link
6. Feeding the poorest 50 million people in Bangladesh: An alternative proposal (Newspaper article In Bengali). Link