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Call for Papers


The Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB) will conduct a (two) special session(s) in the following conference,




A two-day Conference at Harvard University

(Friday & Saturday June 13 & 14, 2008) organized by

Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI)


Democracy and Development in Bangladesh Forum (DDBF)


The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance & Innovation

 John F. Kennedy School of Government


If interested, please submit an abstract/paper on any of the traditional areas in economics with special reference to Bangladesh.


Suggested topics include,


      Poverty Alleviation 

      Millennium Development Goals

      Long Term Planning and Economic Development

      Environmental Concerns

      Capital markets

      Agricultural Policy and Food Sufficiency



      Readymade Garment Exports

      Microfinance and Economic Empowerment

      Urbanization and Transportation

      Energy Sector

      Trade policy and Foreign Investment

      Role of International Donors and Agencies

      Foreign Aid vs. Foreign Investment 

      Free markets and Entrepreneurship

      The Political Economy of Development


Submission Procedures


Papers may be submitted based on the following guidelines:


  1. An abstract (1,500 words) should be submitted by November 15, 2007; please include the full name, institutional affiliation, phone numbers, and current contact addresses of all authors, including email addresses.
  2. The abstracts will be reviewed and authors notified of the acceptance of their papers by December 15, 2007. If accepted, the full-length paper will be due by February 15, 2008. Instructions for preparing the full-length paper will be transmitted later.
  3. The paper should be based on original research and not submitted or published elsewhere.
  4. Publication of the papers: (a) authors/presenters will receive a CD of the Proceedings containing the accepted papers (b) papers presented in the conference would be considered for publication in Journal of Bangladesh Studies (JBS), a peer-reviewed journal on Bangladesh studies, published twice a year by BDI (c) accepted papers may also be published by BDI in the form a book after appropriate editorial consideration. In that event, the authors who register for the conference will receive a copy of the book.
  5. AEDSB reserves the right to accept or reject a submission.


Please send your abstract/paper electronically to the following address:


Munir Quddus


936-261-9200 office

832-220-3526 home

713-775-8723 cell


Conference Related Information


Detailed registration information will be forthcoming. The registration fee for the conference will be $200 for the presenters. This fee will cover access to all the sessions for both days, lunches, ticket to the cultural program on day 2 and a copy of the intended book(s). The cultural program will be held on the evening of Saturday June 14, 2008 (Time and location TBD). The registration fees for the attendees who will not be presenting papers will be $100 ($50 for student attendees and presenters). Hotel rooms will also be blocked out near the venue at preferential prices, details of which will be provided subsequently. Directions to the venue will be provided later.


Keynote Speakers


A number of prominent personalities are being lined up to deliver keynote speeches at the conference.



Contact Information


Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb       

Professor of Marketing

Sam and Irene Black School of Business Marketing Department Chair

Penn State President BDI



Dr. Ashraf Ali

Secretary BDI



Munir Quddus

BDI Board member

AEDSB Session Coordinator