Niaz Asadullah received his masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from Oxford University. Currently he is a Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur. He has previously held visiting positions at Reading, Harvard, Oxford, Kent, Manchester, Mindanao, Chulalongkorn, BRAC and Dhaka Universities.

His research interests include development economics, economics of education, labor economics and happiness economics. Current research draws upon data from South and Southeast Asia and focuses on female workforce participation; social norms (early marriage, purdah practice etc) and women's well-being; impact of poverty programs; life satisfaction and well-being in old-age; determinants of cognitive skills; social impact of Islamic faith schools (aka madrasahs); the rise of private schools in South Asia. His research has been supported by grants from AUSAID, Leverhulme Trust, International Growth Centre (IGC), South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI), UNU WIDER and the World Bank.

Niaz is a co-editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, PLOS One, BMC Public Health and Singapore Economic Review. He is also on the editorial board of COMPARE, Poverty and Public Policy and International Journal of Educational Development.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2007.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9637
published in: China Economic Review, 2018, 48, 83–101
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8233
published in: Singapore Economic Review, 2016, 61(4), pages 1550052-01
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7115
published in: Journal of Development Studies, 2013, 49 (2), 223-237
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6883
published in: Bulletin of Economic Research, 2015, 67(2), 186–207
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6569
published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2012, 33 (5), 940 - 950
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6329
published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2014, 38(4), 869-893
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5914
published in: Journal of Development Studies, 2012, 48(9), 1193-1208