Atonu Rabbani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He is currently on leave from DU and holding Mushtaque Chowdhury chair in Health and Equity at the James P Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University. He has academic affiliations with JPAL (MIT), International Growth Centre (IGC, based at LSE and Oxford), Centre for Evaluation and Development (C4ED, Mannheim) and Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES, Monash University). He is also also an advisor at South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). Previously, he has worked as a full-time Research Fellow at the Institute of Microfinance (InM). Before that he has worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Medicine and Center for Health and Social Science (CHeSS) at the University of Chicago.
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 behaviours. Recently, he has also worked on evaluating an employer-based mandatory health security scheme to understand how incentives can alter households’ health seeking behaviour. He is also increasingly interested in climate change, energy use, and environmental issues.
He earned his PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 2007 where I 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.