Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Shyamal Chowdhury graduated from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh with a BSc (Hons.) in Economics, an MA in Economics from the University of Kiel, Germany, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Bonn University, Germany. Prior to joining Sydney, he worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (from 2003-2006), and the World Bank (2006-2007) in Washington DC, USA.
Shyamal’s research program has been and continues to be shaped by the broad goal of trying to understand how development interventions influence households, particularly poor households under market imperfections. Empirical evaluation of impacts of interventions particularly that are related to technologies and infrastructures are important to him. He uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods in evaluation as well as other quantitative methods. For interventions that cannot be extended to the desired segments of a population through traditional market mechanisms, he examines alternative incentive schemes that are attainable in a second-best world. Two research projects that Shyamal is currently working on are: first, understanding the impact of decentralization on infrastructure planning and provision in Indonesia. The second project is to elicit consumer preferences for nutrient-dense bio-fortified foods in Uganda.
Shyamal has presented papers at various national and international conferences including the Royal Economic Society in the UK, International Association of Agricultural Economists, and Global Development Network Conferences.
1. “Are Consumers in Developing Countries Willing to Pay More for Micronutrient-Dense Biofortified Foods? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Uganda.” (with J.V. Meenaskshi, Keith I. Tomlins, and Constance Owori), American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(1): 83-97, 2011.
2. “Are Schooling and Roads Complementary? Evidence from Income Dynamics in Rural Indonesia.” (with F. Yamauchi, M. Muto, R. Dewina, and S. Sumaryanto), World Development 39 (12): 2232-2244 2011.
3. Impact of Infrastructure on Paid Work Opportunities and Unpaid Work Burdens on Rural Women in Bangladesh.” Journal of International Development, 22, 997–1017, 2010.
4. “Setting Weights for Aggregate Indices: An Application to the Human Development Index and Commitment to Development Index.” (with Lyn Squire), Journal of Development Studies, 42 (5): 761-771, 2006.
5. “Investment in ICT-Capital and Economic Performance of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in East Africa.” (with Susanna Wolf), Journal of International Development, 18 (4), 533-52, 2006.
6. “Access to a Telephone and Factor Market Participation of Rural Households in Bangladesh” Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57(3): 563-576, 2006.
7. “The Effect of Democracy and Press Freedom on Corruption: An Empirical Test.” Economics Letters, 85 (1): 93-101, 2004.
8. “Search Cost and Rural Producers’ Trading Choice between Middlemen and Consumers in Bangladesh.” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 160 (3): 522-541, 2004.
9. “Attaining Universal Access in Rural Areas: Business–NGO Partnership in Bangladesh as a Case Study.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 25 (2): 257-274, 2004.
10. “Willingness to Pay for Rural Telephone Service in Bangladesh and Peru.” (with Maximo Torero and Galdo Virgilio), Information Economics and Policy, 15 (3): 327-61, 2003.