Journal publications

A. Poverty, inequality and well-being 


2. Asadullah, M Niaz and Wahhaj, Zaki (2019) "Early Marriage, Social Networks and the Transmission of Norms", Economica, 86(344): 801-831 (GDI working paper # 9637).

3. Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2018) Poverty Reduction During 2000-2013: Did MDGs Adoption and State Capacity Matter?, World Development, 105, 70-82.

4. Asadullah, M. Niaz, Saizi, Xiao and Yeoh, Kok-Kheng (2018) Subjective well-being in China: The Role of Relative Income, Gender and Location. China Economic Review, 48, 83-101  (IZA working paper # 9637).

5. Asadullah, M Niaz (2016) "Do Pro-poor Schools Reach Out to the Poor?  Location choice of BRAC and ROSC schools in Bangladesh," Australian Economic Review, 49(4), 432-452. (IZA working paper # 10326).

6. Ng, Sor Tho, Peng, Tey Nai, and Asadullah, M Niaz (2017) "What Matters for Life Satisfaction among the Oldest-Old? Evidence from China" PLoS One (Economics), 12(2): e0171799. (IZA working paper # 10624).

7. Asadullah, M. Niaz and Chaudhury, N.,  (2012) Subjective well-being and relative poverty in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33 (5). pp. 940-950. ISSN 0167-4870 doi:10.1016/j.joep.2012.05.003 

8. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2012) "Intergenerational Wealth Mobility in Rural Bangladesh," The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 48(9), pages 1193-1208 (lead article in special issue on poverty) 

9. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Yalonetzky, Gaston (2012) "Inequality of Educational Opportunity in India: Changes Over Time and Across States," World Development, vol. 40(6), 1151-1163.

10. Asadullah, M Niaz and Wahhaj, Zaki (2016) "Child Marriage Law and Freedom of Choice: The Battle against Early Marriage in Bangladesh," Economic and Political Weekly, 51(3), 16 Jan.

11. Amin, Sajeda, Asadullah, M. Niaz, Hossain, Sara and Wahhaj, Zaki (2017) "Eradicating Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: Is Investment in Girls' Education Sufficient?" The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 106(2), pp 221-223.

12. Aziz, Nusrate and Asadullah, M Niaz (2017) "Military Expenditure, Armed Conflict and Economic Growth in Developing Countries," Journal of Economic Studies, 44(1), pp 47-68 (University Nottingham CREDIT working paper # 16-03 ).

13. Ahmed, Kabir, and Asadullah, M Niaz and Khambhampati, Uma (2016) "The Effect of Formal Banks on Household Income and Poverty in Bangladesh," Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, December issue, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 173-193.

14. Mahmud, Wahiduddin, Asadullah, M. Niaz, and Antonio Savoia (2013) Bangladesh’s Achievements in Social Development Indicators: Explaining the PuzzleEconomic and Political Weekly, Nov 2. Vol 48(44), pages 26-28.

15. Asadullah, M. Niaz, Antonio Savoia, and Mahmud, Wahiduddin, (2014) Paths to development: Is there a Bangladesh Surprise? World Development, 62 (October). pp. 138-154 (full version accessible through the International Growth Centre website).

16. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2017) "Comments on "China's Growth Slowdown and Prospects for becoming a High-Income Developed Economy"" Asian Economic Papers, Winter/Spring, Vol. 16, No. 1.

17. Amin, Sajeda, Asadullah, M. Niaz, Hossain, Sara and Wahhaj, Zaki (2017) "Can conditional transfers eradicate child marriageEconomic and Political Weekly. February 11, 2017 vol 52 no 6. (summary posted by Population Council, USA) (full version online)

B. Social capital 

18. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2008) Sense in sociability? Maternal education, social capital and child schooling in rural Bangladesh. European Journal of Development Research, 20 (3). pp. 482-496.

19. Asadullah, M Niaz (2017) "Who Trusts Others?"  Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(2), 515-544 (IZA discussion paper no 10176)

20. Asadullah, M Niaz (2016) "Trust, Trustworthiness, and Traditional Islamic Education", Oxford Development Studies, 44(2), pp. 152-166.


C. Economics of Madrasas

21. Asadullah, M. Niaz, Amin, Sajeda and Chaudhury, N.  (2018) Support for Gender Stereotypes: Does Madrasah Education Matter? Journal of Development Studies, 55(1), 39-56.

22. Asadullah, M. Niaz  (2016) The effect of Islamic school attendance on academic achievement, Singapore Economic Review, Vol 61(4), pages 1550052-01. (IZA working paper version)

23. Asadullah, M. Niaz and Chaudhury, N (2016) "To Madrasahs or Not to Madrasahs: The Question and Correlates of Enrolment in Islamic Schools in Bangladesh", International Journal of Educational Development, 49, pp. 55-69.

24. Asadullah, M. Niaz and Chaudhury, N.  (2013) Peaceful coexistence? The role of religious schools and NGOs in the growth of female secondary schooling in Bangladesh. Journal of Development Studies, 49 (2). pp. 223-237. ISSN 1743-9140 doi: 10.1080/00220388.2012.733369 (Special issue on education)

25. Asadullah, M. NiazChakrabarti, R. and Chaudhury, N. (2013) What determines religious school choice? Theory and evidence from rural Bangladesh. Bulletin of Economic Research, 67(2), 186-207.

26. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Chaudhury, Nazmul (2010) "Religious Schools, Social Values, and Economic Attitudes: Evidence from Bangladesh," World Development, vol. 38(2), 205-217, February.

27. Asadullah, M Niaz & Nazmul Chaudhury (2009) "Holy alliances: public subsidies, Islamic high schools, and female schooling in Bangladesh," Education Economics,  vol. 17(3), 377-394.

28. Asadullah, M Niaz, and Chaudhury, Nazmul & Dar, Amit (2007) "Student achievement conditioned upon school selection: Religious and secular secondary school quality in Bangladesh," Economics of Education Review, vol. 26(6), 648-659.


D. Economics of Education

29. Asadullah, M Niaz and Xiao, Saizi (2020) "The Changing Pattern of Wage Returns to Education in Post-Reform China" Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 53, 137-148.

30. Asadullah, M Niaz, Perera, D. and Xiao, S (Forthcoming) "Vietnam’s Extraordinary Performance in the PISA Assessment: a Cultural Explanation of an Education Paradox", Journal of Policy Modelling.

31. Asadullah, M Niaz, Alim, Abdul and Hossain, Anowar (2019) "Enrolling Girls without Learning: Evidence from Public Schools in Afghanistan', Development Policy Review. 37(4), 486-503.

32. Asadullah, M. NiazKambhampati, U. S. and Lopez Boo, F.  (2013) Social divisions in school participation and attainment in India: 1983-2004. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38(4), 869-893.

33. Asadullah, M Niaz and Chaudhury, N (2015) "The Dissonance between schooling and learning: Evidence from rural Bangladesh," Comparative Education Review, 59(3), 447-472.

34. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2011) "Intra- and inter-household externalities in children's schooling: evidence from rural residential neighbourhoods in Bangladesh," Applied Economics, vol. 43(14), pages 1749-1767.

35. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Chaudhury, Nazmul (2011) "Poisoning the mind: Arsenic contamination of drinking water wells and children's educational achievement in rural Bangladesh," Economics of Education Review, vol. 30(5), 873-888.

36. Asadullah, M. Niaz & S. Rahman (2009) "Farm productivity and efficiency in rural Bangladesh: the role of education revisited," Applied Economics, vol. 41(1), pages 17-33.

37. Asadullah, M Niaz & Nazmul Chaudhury (2009) "Reverse Gender Gap in Schooling in Bangladesh: Insights from Urban and Rural Households," The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 45(8), pages 1360-1380.

38. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2009) "Returns to private and public education in Bangladesh and Pakistan: A comparative analysis," Journal of Asian Economics, vol. 20(1), pages 77-86, January.

39. Asadullah, M Niaz (2006) "Returns to Education in Bangladesh," Education Economics, vol. 14(4), pages 453-468.

40. Asadullah, M Niaz (2006) "Pay differences between teachers and other occupations: Some empirical evidence from Bangladesh," Journal of Asian Economics, vol. 17(6), pages 1044-1065.

41. Asadullah, M Niaz (2005) "The effect of class size on student achievement: evidence from Bangladesh," Applied Economics Letters, vol. 12(4), pages 217-221.

D. Book chapters

Asadullah, M. Niaz and Chaudhury, Nazmul (2008) Holy Alliances:  Public Subsidies, Islamic High Schools, and Female Schooling in Bangladesh (joint with N. Chaudhury). In Mercy Tembon and Lucia Fort (eds.) Girl’s Education in the 21st Century: Gender equality, Empowerment and Growth. World Bank: Washington, DC.

Asadullah, M. Niaz, Chaudhury, Nazmul and Dar, Amit (2009) Assessing the performance of madrassas in rural Bangladesh (with  N. Chaudhury) in  Harry Anthony Patrinos , Quentin Wodon, Felipe Barrera-Osorio (eds.) Emerging Evidence on Vouchers and Faith-Based Providers in Education.  World Bank: Washington, DC.

E. Book Review

  1. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Nazmul Chaudhury, 2010. "Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia," The European Journal of Development Research, vol. 22(2), pages 273-276, April.
  2. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2004) “Review: The Costs and Financing of Education: Trends and Policy Implications”. Asia Pacific Education Review, Volume 5, Number 1.
  3. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2002) Review: Paul Rivlin, Economic policy and performance in the Arab world.Development and Change, 33 (4). pp. 747-748. ISSN 1467-7660 doi: 10.1111/1467-7660.00277
  4. Asadullah, M. Niaz (2002) Review: Lal, Deepak. The poverty of “Development Economics.” 2d revised and expanded US edition. Latin American Politcs and Society, 44 (2). pp. 161-165. ISSN 1548-2456 doi: 10.1111/j.1548-2456.2002.tb00209.x

F. Unpublished Research Work

1. Asadullah, M Niaz and Chaudhury, N (2013) Primary education, school quality and learning outcomes in rural Bangladesh. Centre for Global Development (CGD) working paper no 349.

2. Asadullah, M Niaz, Chaudhury, N. and Al-zayed, R (2009) World Bank report on Islamic schools (published in 2009) - "Secondary School Madrasas in Bangladesh: Incidence, Quality, and Implications for Reform"

3. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Fernández, Rosa M., 2008. "Work-Life Balance Practices and the Gender Gap in Job Satisfaction in the UK: Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee Data," IZA Discussion Papers 3582, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

4. Dang, Hai-Anh & Sarr, Leopold & Asadullah, M. Niaz, 2011. "School Access, Resources, and Learning Outcomes: Evidence from a Non-formal School Program in Bangladesh," IZA Discussion Papers 5659, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

5. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Wahhaj, Zaki, 2012. "Going to School in Purdah: Female Schooling, Mobility Norms and Madrasas in Bangladesh," IZA Discussion Papers 7059, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). [This paper is also available from BRAC as a research monograph]

6. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Wahhaj, Zaki, 2016. "Early Marriage, Social Networks and the Transmission of Norms," School of Economics Discussion Paper No 16/02, University of Kent.

7. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Wahhaj, Zaki, 2016. "Missing from the Market: Purdah Norm and Women's Paid Work Participation in Bangladesh," IZA Discussion Papers 10463, IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

8. Aslam, M, Shenila Rawal, Niaz Asadullah, Faisal Bari, Geeta Kingdon, Rabea Malik & Pauline Rose (2016) Teacher Politics: Meeting Educational Quality Challenges with Teachers. Report prepared for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity as a background paper for the report, "The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World".

G. Non-refereed publication

Asadullah, M. Niaz (2011) "A Down Payment on a Brighter Future", US state department e-journal article.