Each year, the Economic Study Center (ESC) publishes the Bangladesh Students' Digest on Economics and Development (BSDED), a student journal featuring research articles authored by undergraduate and postgraduate students.
On 28th February, a Research Paper Presentation session was held as part of the 4th Bangladesh Economic Summit, where authors from different South-asian countries, whose research papers have been published in the BSDED Volume IV, had the opportunity to present the key findings of their research to the distinguished Guest and Session Chair.
The Special Guest of this segment was Dr Rizwanul Islam, former Special Adviser, Employment Sector, International Labour Office, Geneva. The session was chaired by Dr Sayema Haque Bidisha, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka.
The students presented papers on a diverse range of topics including educational inequality in Sri Lanka, permanent income hypothesis in Bangladesh, and effect of FDI on migration.
Kaustav Sen, a student at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, presented the first paper. Pasan Wijayawardhana of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura gave the second presentation.
The third paper was delivered by Zaeem-Al Ehsan from IBA, University of Dhaka. Kishan Poudel, Bhawana Basnet, and Sudarshan Gautam were students from Nepal who had cowritten the fourth paper.
The final paper was presented by Jawad Shams and Ragib Anjum from the University of Dhaka. All of the research was thought-provoking and insightful.
At the end of the session, honorable special guest Dr. Rizwanul Islam delivered an incredible speech and provided invaluable instructions on research methods to economics students. He outlined five essential components of a country's development process.
"You have to go beyond the indicators; there is no substitute for hard work and effort," he stated. He also stated that any country's top focus should be healthcare.
At the end of his speech, he congratulated ESC on putting up such an informative and extensive session.
Dr. Sayema Haque Bidisha demonstrated effective strategies for writing a research paper. In her closing remarks, she said, “Being a good human being is more important than being a good economist.”