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Dr Md Rabiul Islam

Dr Md Rabiul Islam

Position: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone: +61 3 925 17818
Campus: B


A list of the ten most significant relevant publications for the last five years:

  1. Islam, M. R. and Madsen, J. B. (2015) "Is Income Inequality Persistent? Evidence using Panel Stationarity Tests, 1870-2011", Economics Letters, Forthcoming. (ABDC 2013 Rank-A)
  2. Islam, M. R., Ang, J. B. and Madsen, J. B. (2014) "Quality-adjusted Human Capital and Productivity Growth", Economic Inquiry, 52(2), pp.757-777. (ABDC 2013 Rank-A)
  3. Hoque, M., Islam, M. R. and Azam, M. (2013) "Board Committee Meetings and Firm Financial Performance: An Investigation of Australian Companies", International Review of Finance, 13(4), pp.503-528. (ABDC 2013 Rank-A)
  4. Ang, J. B., Madsen, J. B. and Islam, M. R. (2011) "The Effects of Human Capital Composition on Technological Convergence", Journal of Macroeconomics, 33(3), pp.465-476. (ABDC 2013 Rank-A)
  5. Madsen, J. B., Islam, M. R. and Ang, J. B. (2010) "Catching Up to the Technology Frontier: The Dichotomy between Innovation and Imitation", Canadian Journal of Economics, 43(4), pp.1389-1411. (ABDC 2013 Rank-A)

University recorded publications

Researcher output profile for Dr Md Rabiul Islam

Brief Biography

Md Rabiul Islam, Alfred Deakin post-doctoral research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, is a growth and development economist whose work focuses on productivity, technology transfer, human capital, financial development, savings and investment, income inequality, and institutional development. More specifically, his research focuses on innovation and diffusion of technology, composition of human capital, quality adjusted education, agricultural development and income distribution across developed and developing countries. He completed his PhD at the Department of Economics at Monash University in 2011 and also completed 2-year research fellowship at the Department of Economics at Monash University from 2011-2013.

Rabiul has published several papers in international refereed journals, with key publications in Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, International Review of Finance, and Economic Inquiry. He also has several papers either under consideration at peer reviewed international journals or being prepared for submission. Additionally, he has been working on the following research areas: agricultural R&D and land productivity, resource rents and productivity growth, fertility and education, inequality and unified growth, and spatial distribution of income inequality and growth.

Rabiul has been with ADRI since January, 2014 and is currently working on the empirical modelling of a unified theory of inequality and growth. This research focuses on integrating conflicting view of classical and modern approach on inequality-growth nexus in a unified growth framework over a long period of time. The outcome of the project is expected to inform on the important determinants of inequality and uncover effective transmission channels through which inequality affects growth and development across nations over the past century.

Grants and Academic Awards

ADRI research funding support for Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, 2014-2015 ($10000).

Postgraduate Publications Award, Monash Institute of Graduate Research, August - November, 2010 ($5700).

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