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Economist Afrin Islam

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EDUCATION

  • 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

RESEARCH INTEREST

Applied Econometrics, Food Preferences, Social Media, Information and Learning in Health and Labor Economics, Climate Change, Gender and Development

WORKING PAPERS

  • Islam, Afrin, and McCluskey, J.J., “How does media influence consumption for processed meat?”
  • Islam, Afrin, and Marsh, T.L. “Impact of natural disaster on child’s nutritional status”
  • Islam, Afrin, and McCluskey, J.J., “Health perception, attitude and food choice”
  • 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?”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Lead 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)
    • EconS 323–Labor Economics (in person, Spring 2020)
    • EconS 101–Fundamentals of Microeconomics (Online, Summer 2020)
    • EconS 323-Labor Economics (in person, Fall 2020)
  • Co-Developer: EconS 490 Economics Capstone (Online) with Dr. Alan Love (Summer, 2018)
  • 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 EXPERIENCE

  • 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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Consultant, swisscontact-Katalyst, a 58 million USD 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

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Washington State University School of Economic Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award Honorable Mention, 2019
  • Washington State University School of Economic Sciences Poster Competition Travel Grant, 2018
  • Illinois State University Graduate Assistantship for masters program, 2014-16
  • Endowment for Graduate Student Excellence, Illinois State University, 2016
  • Bangladesh-Sweden Merit Travel Grant, 2014
  • Government of Bangladesh Merit-based Scholarship, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004-09

PRESENTATIONS

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

REFERENCES

  • Dr. Jill J. McCluskey, Director and Regents Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164, mccluskey@wsu.edu
  • Dr. Thomas L. Marsh, Distinguished Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, tl_marsh@wsu.edu
  • Dr. Ron C. Mittelhammer, Regents Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164, mittelha@wsu.edu
  • Dr. Ana Espinola-Arredondo, Professor and Associate Director, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164, anaespinola@wsu.edu
  • Dr. Mark J. Gibson, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164, mjgibson@wsu.edu

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: afrin.islam@wsu.edu

OFFICE: 317 Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210