IZA World of Labor
Shyamal Chowdhury

University of Sydney, Australia, and IZA, Germany

I view IZA World of Labor as a very innovative way of reaching policymakers and practitioners, and I am very excited to be part of it

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, School of Economics, FASS, University of Sydney, Australia

Research interest

Migration, microfinance, technology adoption, economic development

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, the World Bank, Washington DC, 2006–2007; Post-doctoral Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, 2003–2006


PhD Agricultural Economics, Bonn University, 2003

Selected publications

  • “Under-investment in a profitable technology: The case of seasonal migration in Bangladesh.” Econometrica 82:5 (2014) 1671–1748 (with G. Bryan and A. M. Mobarak).

  • “Sequential lending with dynamic joint liability in microfinance.” Journal of Development Economics 111 (2014) 167–180 (with P. Roy Chowdhury and K. Sengupta).

  • “Are consumers in developing countries willing to pay more for micronutrient-dense biofortified foods? Evidence from a field experiment in Uganda.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93 (2011): 83–97 (with J. V. Meenakshi, K. Tomlins, and C. Owori).

  • “Setting weights for aggregate indices: An application to the Commitment to Development Index and Human Development Index.” Journal of Development Studies 42 (2006): 761–771 (with L. Squire).

  • “The effect of democracy and press freedom on corruption: An empirical test.” Economics Letters 85 (2004): 93–101.