Business Training and Mentoring : Experimental Evidence from Women-Owned Microenterprises in Ethiopia” with Markus Goldstein and Gautam Bastian. Economic Development and Cultural Change (University of Chicago Press), October 2022 (vol. 71, no. 1)

Final Manuscript

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper (WPS9552)

“Household Shocks and Consumption Smoothing – Evidence from Northern Bangladesh” with Atonu Rabbani. Journal of Developing Areas , Accepted


Working Papers

Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming a Collective Action Problem” with Raymond Guiteras [North Carolina State University], James Levinsohn [Yale University] and A. Mushfiq Mobarak [Yale University] (Submitted)

NBER Working Paper 29294

Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper 1088 (ungated pdf)

Pre-Analysis Plan

“Unconditional Cash Transfers and Intra-Household Decision-making: Evidence from Lab-in-the-Field Experiments in Rural Nigeria”, with Marcel Fafchamps [Stanford University], Markus Goldstein [World Bank], Kenneth Leonard [University of  Maryland] and Sreelakshmi Papineni [World  Bank]

Pre-Analysis Plan

New draft coming in October, 2021!

“Women, Schooling and Marriage in Rural Philippines” with Sanjaya De Silva [Bard College]  (Permanent Working Paper)

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper, No. 701


Ahmed, Akhter; Bakhtiar, M. Mehrab; Hoddinott, John (and other co-authors). 2021. “Signs of recovery: Patterns of livelihoods and food security before and during COVID-19 in rural Bangladesh.” Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


The Financial Express, April 10, 2021: Govt aid offsets Covid food insecurity: Study

The Dhaka Tribune, April 10, 2021: Bangladesh outshines high-income countries in inclusive recovery from Covid-19 economic fallout

The Dhaka Tribune, April 11, 2021: On the road to inclusive recovery

Bakhtiar, Mehrab; Meki, Muhammad; Quinn, Simon and Shonchoy, Abu. 2021. “Skin in the Game: Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancing-based Microentrepreneurs in Bangladesh.” PEDL ERG Policy Note 5246


The Dhaka Tribune, April 26, 2021: Online freelancing in Bangladesh: Constraints there, potentials overriding

Ahmed, Akhter and Bakhtiar, M. Mehrab. 2020. “Boro Rice Procurement in Bangladesh: Implications for Policy.” Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


The Financial Express, May 8, 2020: Policy that fattens up rice millers

The Dhaka Tribune, May 11, 2020: Buy paddy from farmers, not rice from millers

Prothom Alo (largest circulated newspaper in Bangladesh), May 6, 2020: সরকারি সংগ্রহে লাভ হয় চালকলমালিকদের

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). 2020. “The Urban Socioeconomic Assessment Survey (2019) To Assess The Food Security And Socioeconomic Characteristics To Develop Urban Targeting Criteria For Social Security Programs In Bangladesh .” [one of the two main contributing authors]


The Daily Star (largest circulated English newspaper in Bangladesh), December 7, 2020: Time to check ‘urbanisation of poverty’

The Daily Star, December 21, 2020: Food security still not for all

Prothom Alo (largest circulated newspaper in Bangladesh), April 13, 2021: Lowest savings in the two big cities

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2020. “Second Rapid Assessment of Food and Nutrition Security in the Context of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.” [contributing author]


post on reliefweb, October 16, 2020

Research In Progress:

“Skin in the Game: Micro-equity and Mentorship for Online Freelancing based Micro-entrepreneurs in Bangladesh” with Simon Quinn [University of Oxford], Muhammad Meki [University of Oxford] and Abu S. Shonchoy [Florida Intn’l University]

Received Exploratory Research Grant from DFID Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL)

Project Description on PEDL website

New draft coming in June, 2021!