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Atonu Rabbani, PhD

Atonu Rabbani, PhD

Advisor - WEE-DiFine & WEE-Connect

Atonu Rabbani has joined as a research fellow for the Wee-Connect and Wee-Difine initiatives.

Atonu Rabbani currently holds the position of professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He is an applied microeconomist with research interests spanning various topics, including public health, labor, organization, and, more recently, issues related to energy consumption. He employs experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies to understand how to promote technology and behavioral change adoption and the consequences of such adoptions. He earned a PhD and an MA in Economics from the University of Chicago, as well as an MSS and a BSS (Honors) in Economics from the University of Dhaka.

Women's Economic Empowerment and Digital Connectivity (WEE-Connect)

WEE-Connect is a pioneering initiative addressing the persistent gender gap in digital connectivity in the Global South, aiming to bridge barriers for women, foster economic empowerment, and establish evidence-based strategies through inclusive research, best case practices, and the creation of a scholarly community focused on the intersection of digital connectivity and gender.

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)

WEE-DiFine is a research initiative (2019–2024), which aims to generate a comprehensive body of evidence around the impact of digital finance (DiFine) on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and the causal mechanisms between the two through funding rigorous research studies across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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