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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Afrin Islam



  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, Expected 2021
  • M.Sc. in Applied Economics, Illinois State University, 2014-2016
    • Advisor: Dr. German Blanco
    • Capstone: Do Labor Market Intermediaries Affect the Speed of Employer Learning
  • M.S.S in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2008-2009
  • B.S.S. in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2003-2007


  • Primary: Applied Econometrics, Economics of Information and Internet, Impact Evaluation using RCT
  • Secondary: Empirical Industrial Organization, Environmental Economics, Labor Economics, Development Economics


  • Islam, Afrin, and McCluskey, J.J., “How information influence consumer’s perception about processed meat”
  • Islam, Afrin, and Espinola-Arredondo, A., “Climate Hope or Climate Fear: Triggering the right emotion”
  • Islam, Afrin, and Blanco, German., “Do Labor Market Intermediaries Affect the Speed of Employer Learning”
  • Marsh, T.L., & Islam, Afrin,. “Women Empowerment and decision making”


  • Instructor, Washington State University:
    • EconS 351–Agriculture Marketing (Online,Spring 2018)
    • EconS 102–Fundamentals of Macroeconomics (Online, Fall 2018)
    • EconS 305–Microeconomics without calculus (Online, Spring 2019)
    • EconS 101–Fundamentals of Microeconomics (Online, Summer 2019)
    • EconS 305–Microeconomics without calculus (Online, Fall 2019)
  • Tutor: EconS 101 & 102. Academic Success and Career Center, WSU (Spring 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant, Illinois State University
    • Eco 427-Fundamentals of Econometrics (Summer 2016)
    • Eco 440- Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (Spring 2016)


  • Research Assistant –
    • Dr. Eric Jessup, Freight Policy Transport Center, Washington State University, Fall, 2017
    • Dr. Bidisha Mandal, Affordable Care and Rural Health Impact Analysis, Summer, 2017
    • Dr. Rati Ram, Analyzing the Role of Human and Natural Capitals as Engines of Growth For Transition Economies, Fall, 2014 – Fall, 2015
    • Dr. German Blanco, Program Evaluation and Impact on Job Search, Summer 2015


  • Consultant, swisscontact-Katalyst, a USD 58 million market-development project of Swisscontact funded by DFID & SDC, based in Bangladesh, 2011–2014
  • Research Associate, Center for Policy Dialogue-A civil society think-tank based in Bangladesh, 2009–2010


  • Washington State University Graduate Assistantship for PhD. Program, 2016–present
  • Illinois State University Graduate Assistantship for masters program, 2014-16
  • Washington State University SES Poster Competition Travel Grant, 2018
  • Endowment for Graduate Student Excellence, Illinois State University, 2016
  • Bangladesh-Sweden Travel Grant, 2014
  • Government of Bangladesh Merit-based Scholarship, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004-09


  • Illinois State University Research Symposium, 2015
  • Washington State University, School of Economic Sciences GSA Poster Presentation, 2018






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