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Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh

  • Selim Raihan

Part of the South Asia Economic and Policy Studies book series (SAEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Selim Raihan, K. M. Nafiz Ifteakhar, Mir Tanzim Nur Angkur
    Pages 79-91
  3. Selim Raihan, Muhammad Moshiur Rahman, Andilip Afroze, Mahtab Uddin
    Pages 155-170

About this book


Outlining important policy requirements for Bangladesh to become an upper middle-income country, the book presents research work conducted during the project “Changing Labor Markets in Bangladesh: Understanding Dynamics in Relation to Economic Growth and Poverty,” sponsored by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada. Bangladesh has experienced remarkable economic growth rates over the last decade. The country has recently been upgraded from a low-income country (LIC) to a lower-middle-income country (LMIC) as per the World Bank’s classification system. By 2024, the country also aspires to graduate from the United Nation’s list of least developed countries (LDC). The 7th five-year plan sets an ambitious target of 8 percent growth in GDP by 2020. There are also steep development targets to be achieved under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. All these will require an enormous leap forward from the current level of economic growth rate and sustaining it in the future. The situation also calls for considerable structural change in the economy, facilitating large-scale economic diversification. Rapid expansion of labor-intensive and high-productivity sectors, both in the farm and nonfarm sectors, is thus crucial for Bangladesh. Further, this should take place in conjunction with interventions to enhance productivity, jobs and incomes in traditional and informal activities where there are large pools of surplus labor. Given its relevance for Bangladesh and applicability to many other developing countries, the book offers a unique and pioneering resource for researchers, industry watchers as well as policy makers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Selim Raihan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

About the editors

Dr. Selim Raihan is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Executive Director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). His areas of interest include international trade and trade policy issues related to regional trading agreements, the WTO and domestic trade policies. He has extensive research experience in regional trade and development issues in South Asia, poverty and inequality issues, labor market issues, analysis of economic growth, political economy analysis of growth and development, and economic modeling.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh
  • Editors Selim Raihan
  • Series Title South Asia Economic and Policy Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title South Asia Economic and Policy Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-2070-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4727-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-2071-2
  • Series ISSN 2522-5502
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5510
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 91 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Labor Economics
    Development Economics
    Economic Growth
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