Does Mother’s Health-seeking Behaviour Influence Child’s Health? A Study in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : Mohammad Mojammel Hussain Raihan (mohammadmojammel.rai@ucalgary.ca)

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This study assesses mothers' health-seeking behaviour for their children and how it relates to mothers' socioeconomic status and their children's health. A semi-structured survey questionnaire was used to collect quantitative data from mothers with one to two-year

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Access to the Internet and Global Trade: Re- evaluating People’s Attitudes towards Globalization

Corresponding Author : Md Rafiqul Islam (mail.rafiq50@gmail.com)

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People’s attitude towards global trade is a vital discussion in the context of the recent insurgence of populism as a politico-cultural trend around the world. This article explores the roles and consequences of internet usage, one of the most significant

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Exploring the Relationships between the Health and Sanitation Practices in an Urban Based Upazila, Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : Towfiqul Islam Khan (khan-gee@sust.edu)

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Health and sanitation are associated with each other whereas sanitation is a function of excreta management, wastewater management, solid waste management and drainage systems; where health means a state of complete physical, mental, and social

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Economics in Search of a Moral Philosophy (Keynote Paper)

Corresponding Author : Wahiduddin Mahmud (wahiduddin.mahmud@gmail.com)

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Moral philosophy as a discipline is not regarded as a strong point of academic economists. Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing; and it is widely believed that he was pointing towards economists. Carlyle held a similar dim view of economics as a discipline when he termed it as a dismal science. Economists, in their turn, feel wrongly accused, for they are usually not the cause of dismal…

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The Determinants of Job Turnover in Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : Mohammad Abdul Munim Joarder (munim-eco@sust.edu)

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This study investigated the determinants of job turnover in a developing economy like Bangladesh where skilled workers are relatively sparse, but unemployment is pervasive. Data pertaining to wage, demographic characteristics, organizational commitment, career opportunity, job satisfaction, job security, turnover intention and actual turnover of 453 employees of banking, telecommunication and university faculties were examined. All the determinants of turnover variables were found to have the expected sign, but the level of significance varies significantly among different professionals. Wage rises…

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Seasonal Variation in Agricultural Wages: Evidence from Rice Sector in Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : M. Ismail Hossain (ismail.hossain@northsouth.edu)

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The paper examines the seasonal pattern and the determinants of variation in rice sector wage addressing the issues how supply of and demand for labour shape the nature of seasonality in rice sector. Using data pertaining to the rice producing households from three villages of Bangladesh, the study finds how rice producing households take part in labour market by engaging themselves either as supplier of labour or employer or both. In Boro season, the coefficient of excess demand variable…

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Three Policy Puzzles with Sustainable Energy Technologies – A Discussion

Corresponding Author : A. K. Enamul Haque (akehaque@ewubd.edu)

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Ethical considerations in the market has mostly been ignored in positive economic analysis. The basic argument is that market is a mechanism to facilitate ‘voluntary exchange’ and so under full information and no coercion or imperfection in the market the market equilibrium reflects a ‘win-win’ solution to the process of bargain. This theoretical underpinning has been upheld in most of the economic literature. However, economists have been also debating that despite being a win-win solution, markets often lead to…

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To Ban or not to Ban the Child Labor: An Investigation from Urban Slums in Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : Syed Hasanuzzaman (shzaman-eco@sust.edu)

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Too much emphasis on household income might have blurred the role of market incentives and household vulnerability in determining child labor that can provide important implications to the debate over child labor ban. Child labor ban may not be costless, especially, for households suffering extreme poverty. Again, motivations for market returns to child labor cannot be ignored. For the urban slum areas of Sylhet district our study reveals that household demand for child labor is not only generated by…

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Consumption Curtailing or Brand Switching? Exploring the Adaptation Strategy of Tobacco Smokers in the face of Taxation in Sylhet Metropolitan Area

Corresponding Author : Monir Uddin Ahmed (monir-eco@sust.edu)

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This study estimates the effect of tobacco taxes on cigarette consumption in the Sylhet Metropolitan Area given the smokers’ choice set of either reducing the quantity of cigarette consumption or sacrificing quality of tastes by switching into low price cigarette brands or both. To examine these preferences, we contemplate three different scenarios of consumer responses. Imprimis, we investigate whether the association between cigarette consumption curtailing decision and brand switching behaviour are simultaneous or sequential when facing a tax hike…

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Morality in Economics

Corresponding Author : Mustafa K. Mujeri (mujeri48@gmail.com)

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Since the beginning, economics and morality had a troubled relationship. Morality is a body of standards or principles that a person believes should be universal; and is synonymous with ‘goodness’ or ‘rightness’ (Dworkin, 2000; Elster, 1983; Elster and Roemer, 1991). On the other hand, economics is about translating individual ‘selfishness’ into general wealth (Marshall, 1920). Both moral and economic analyses quickly become complex and the key is to identify the linking variables for integrating the two fields. In reality,…

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