PROJECTS

Economics and welfare impact of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit System (Metro Rail)

Category: Livelihood
Principal Investigator:

1. Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy, Associate Professor, Florida International University, USA; and 

2. Dr. Tomoki Fujji, Singapore Management University, Singapore.

Status: On-Going
Description:

Methods

Both the quantitative and qualitative research tools will be used in this study for the field survey.

Description

Data will be collected from different sources. A baseline survey before the start of the operation of MRT Line 6 around July 2022 and an endline survey after the start of the operation around February 2023 will be conducted for collecting the data from a total of 2000 Households. Besides data will be scraped from different websites such as Google Maps (GM). Second, we will obtain office and residential property market data such as location and asking rental or sales

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Salinity & Productivity: Is There a Link? Impact of Climate Change in Coastal Areas of Bangladesh

Category: Climate Change
Principal Investigator:

Research Area: Climate Change

Donor Agency: J-PAL (K-CAI), and PEDL

Geographical Location: Khulna, Bangladesh 

Timeline: April 2022 to June 2023

Status: Ongoing (Preparatory stage)

Principal Investigator

Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy of Florida International University

Status: On-Going
Description:

Methods: Multi-methodology has been designed for this study. These are quantitative data collection, qualitative data collection, and salinity measurement in a scientific method.

Description: We have collected drinking water salinity data from 20 Jutes mill from Khulna & Bagerhat districts. We have also collected salinity data from 80 households of jute mill workers in the same areas. We have also obtained permission from the Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association to conduct the study to their affiliated factories. Besides, we have obtained positive consent from six jute mills to conduct the study at their factories. Now our plan is to conduct a year-round comparative

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End-line Data Collection Surveys for a Randomized Controlled Trial on a Virtual Job Fair and Job Preference Signaling in ICT Sector

Category: Others
Principal Investigator:

1. Dr. Norihiko Matsuda, Department of Economics, Florida International University (FIU), USA.

2. Mr. Ryotaro Hayashi, Social Sector Economist, Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Department, ADB

Status: On-Going
Description:

Project Objectives:

The purpose of the study is to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of virtual job fairs and job preference signaling.

Sample Size:

110 employers and 2560 jobseekers who took part in the ICT virtual job fair organized jointly by Bdjobs.com, FIU and ADB.

Data Collection:

110 employers and 2560 jobseekers (1280 treatment and 1280 control) have participated in the study. 1st end-line survey has been conducted from December 2021 to January 2022 and 2nd end-line survey will be conducted from July to August 2022.

Project Outcome:

this research will help improve future virtual job fairs and job search platforms.

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Information Nudges to Prevent Learning Decay During COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Category: Education
Principal Investigator:

Principal Investigator: 

Dr. Abu Shonchoy, Associate Professor, Florida International University.

Dr. Tomoki Fujii, Associate Professor, Singapore Management University.

Dr. Christine Ho, Associate Professor, Singapore Management University.

Dr. Rohan, Post Doctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore.

 
Status: On-Going
Description:

Project Objectives: 

COVID-19 has created unprecedented difficulties for the education sector in Bangladesh, as schools remain closed since March 2020. To tackle this crisis, Bangladesh has taken a multi-pronged approach-delivering education through national terrestrial television. However, the uptake of these programs has been low among rural students. This study aims to test through a randomized field

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Enduring more agency and community surveillance support to reduce child marriage in Bangladesh

Category: Gender and Violance
Principal Investigator:

Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy

Dr. Zaki Wahhaj

Status: On-Going
Description:

Project Objectives:

  • Increase 50% birth registration of unmarried adolescent girls in treatment communities;
  • Increase 75% awareness of a national helpline for reporting child marriage cases among guardians in treatment communities;
  • A lower child marriage rate (specifically marriage below the age of 18) in the treatment communities compared to the control communities at endline by 30%.

 

Project Interventions:

  1. Covering the cost of birth registration at 60 communities households with unmarried adolescent girls from UP/local government centers;
  1.  Providing information on the Bangladesh government’s national
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