Atonu Rabbani is an applied micro-economist with research interests in health, labor and organization economics. Currently, he is working in a number of research projects addressing intra-firm productivity and management issues in ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh. He also works in public health field to understand how promotion using local women leaders and also monitoring and incentive can motivate better hand hygiene behaviors. Recently, he has also worked on evaluating an employer-based mandatory health security scheme to understand how incentives can alter households’ health seeking behavior. He has a number of papers published in international peer-reviewed journals like Journal of Regional Science, American Economic Review P&P, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Biosocial Science, Health Services Research and Archives of Internal Medicine, among others. Atonu Rabbani is a Research Advisor at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University and also an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He is also affiliated the James P. Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University as an Associate Scientist. , Beside these he is an affiliate with the Urban Services Initiative of J-PAL and also a Research Affiliate with the International Growth Centre (IGC). Previously, he has worked as a full-time Research Fellow at the Institute of Microfinance (InM) and before that as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Medicine and Center for Health and Social Science (CHeSS) at the University of Chicago. He earned his PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 2007 where he also got an MA in Economics in 2003. Before that he graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka where he obtained MSS in 1998 and BSS (Honours) in 1997.
As a Research Advisor, his main role is to advice research teams and researchers, review research output, present research papers and establish linkage with research institutes at home and abroad. He is also associated with BIGD’s academic and research programmes.