South Asia Economic and Policy Studies

Structural Transformation of Bangladesh Economy

A South Asian Perspective

Authors: Mujeri, Mustafa K., Mujeri, Neaz

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  • Identifies that the central challenge for Bangladesh’s services sector is to move from traditional, low value-added activities to modern, high value-added act 
  • Illustrates ways to promote and manage structural transformation processes to address all dimensions of sustainable development--economic, social and environmental 
  • Provides evidence that a transformative export-oriented industrialisation strategy could lead to a broad-based export structure
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This book examines the theory and global evidence on structural transformation along with stylised facts and implications using, among others, a dynamic panel model, for South Asia. The characteristics of the structural transformation process in Bangladesh bring out the relevance of a comprehensive and inclusive South Asian ‘brand’ in view of the challenges of large population size, high burden of poverty, rising inequalities and its compulsion to achieve rapid and sustained inclusive development.

The analysis highlights several distinct characteristics of Bangladesh’s structural transformation including changes in value added, trade, employment, productivity, formal-informal jobs, and opportunities for low-skilled workers. The book suggests that the manufacturing sector could not create the required number of jobs and generate rapid absolute and relative productivity gains in the Bangladesh economy. Although the services sector has largely led output and employment growth, services subsectors with strong labour absorptive capacity have low average productivity. Hence, growth-enhancing structural transformation led by these subsectors is likely to be less dynamic than required for rapid employment-creating growth in the economy.

The book’s analysis on COVID-19 and cyclone Amphan shows that an integrated disaster and development paradigm is needed for Bangladesh. An inclusive and health and well-being focused structural transformation presents the pathway to advance the people-centred approach to development in Bangladesh through both vulnerability reduction and investments in sustainable development that would offset both known and unknown disaster threats. The key for Bangladesh is to skillfully manage the ‘developer’s dilemma’ of achieving both structural transformation in terms of large productivity gains and inclusive growth for reducing poverty and rising inequalities. This book is relevant to students, academicians and development practitioners and others interested in contemporary development.

About the authors

Mustafa Mujeri holds a Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University in Canada and is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During his professional career, he has worked in different national and international organisations including teaching in Rajshahi University in Bangladesh and University of Queensland in Australia, National Expert in the Bangladesh Planning Commission, Research Director in the Centre on Integrated Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), UNDP Adviser in Cambodia, Chief Economist in the Bangladesh Bank (central bank) and Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He has written and edited several books and published widely in national and international journals.
Neaz Mujeri holds an MBA in Finance from Independent University Bangladesh and B Comm. in Business Management from Ryerson University in Canada. He is currently the Executive Director & CEO, of the Center for Research Initiatives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the past, he has worked in various positions in the Career Development and Employment Centre and the Students Union of the Ryerson University. He has also worked as Senior Economist in different research projects of the  Research and Information System (RIS) in India and organisations in Dhaka.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structural Transformation of Bangladesh Economy
Book Subtitle
A South Asian Perspective
Authors
Series Title
South Asia Economic and Policy Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-0764-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-0764-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-0763-9
Series ISSN
2522-5502
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 279
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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