Dr. Wahid Abdallah
Wahid Abdallah joined BIGD as Research Fellow in January 2016. He is currently Heading the Governance and Politics cluster and also the Team Leader for one of BIGD’s annual flagship publication the State of governance in Bangladesh (SoG) for the year 2016. His current research activities include investigating various economic effects of different governance related interventions (e.g. third party monitoring of public procurement, electronic filing system in public agencies, simplification of the process of public service delivery). He is also working on research on finding spatial determinants of a number of economic, governance and public sector outcomes. He applies mostly quantitative analysis to understand various governance and public policy issues in various sectors. His job market paper looks into effect of monitoring intensity on compliance and corrupt arrangements between a firm and inspector in Bangladesh. Recently, he worked as a local expert on the USAID anti-corruption assessment, Bangladesh, 2015 which looks into the general and some sector-specific governance vulnerabilities opening up rooms for corruption and makes programmatic suggestions in addressing (some of) the identified vulnerabilities. In a recent International Growth Centre (IGC) working paper, he investigates the role of electronic government procurement on curbing local political capture in Bangladesh and finds that electronic procurement significantly reduces procurement prices of the government through encouraging bidder competition. Finally, he is also interested in outcome and impact evaluations of social sector interventions.
Before joining BIGD, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. He has completed his PhD in Economics from University of Washington in 2011 on Economics of Corruption.