Israt Jahan

Applied Economist

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I have earned my Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University. I earned my B.S.S. and M.S.S in Economics from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. I will be joining the University of Wisconsin La Crosse as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Fall 2022. 

I am an applied economist with a research interest in the intersection of development and public economics. My specific interests include institutions, informal employment, corruption, entrepreneurship, and gender. Throughout my graduate career, I have had my work published in the Review of Development Economics, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Governance, Security & Development, and Journal of Labour Economics. I have also co-authored two book chapters on the dynamics of the labor market in Bangladesh. In these chapters, I discussed the impact of social protection plans and seasonality in agriculture on labor force participation. My dissertation takes a more foundational focus on the relationship between institutions and development. Here, I study the relationship between the characteristics of constitutions and economic performance. This is important as constitutional composition is a primary determinant of a country’s institutions and has a direct influence on the policies and programs a government can implement.




Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Free Market Institute
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas, USA.