Mr. Shafium Nahin Shimul


Mr. Shafium Nahin Shimul joined Institute of Health Economics in 2009 as a Lecturer. Previously, he worked at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate (expected to graduate in May 2017) at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He completed his master’s degree in economics and health economics from the University of Dhaka.

He has received several awards from the college and the department (at UNL) including the Best paper award, Othmer Fellowship (given to outstanding new graduate students), excellence in teaching, summer research grant, and several travel grants.

Shimul’s research interests include firm size distribution of the developing countries and its relation to corruption; spatial effects of economic decisions especially public finance and health components; measuring economic inefficiency of corruption and its relation to deadweight loss of taxation; modelling optimal tax under the presence of shadow economy and corruption; government health policy choice and health outcomes. His research has been published in several journals and presented at many conferences including Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta and National Tax Association (NTA), USA, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), USA, and American Economic Association. While he was in Bangladesh, he worked in different research projects with BRAC, UNICEF, WHO. His work has been cited in many highly established journals includingLancet.
Shimul has extensive teaching experience both in Bangladesh and USA. Recently, he taught Mathematical Economics at the department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D./Masters level class). Besides, he taught several undergraduate and graduate level classes both in the USA and in Bangladesh. His teaching areas are Public Economics, Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Applied Microeconomics.

Selected Publications:
Anderson,J.E., Shimul, S
“Preference for redistribution in transition economies”
Presented at ASSA Meeting, Chicago, IL,
Jan 2017.
Anderson,J.E., Shimul, S., and Giertz, S.
“Property Taxes for Agriculture: Use Value Assessment and Urbanization across the United States”
Mercatus Working Paper, MercatusCenter at George Mason University, Arlington, VA.
Aug 2015.
Anderson,J.E., and Shimul, S.
“Obstacles to Business Operations in Transition Countries: Comparative Analysis of Obstacles Reported in the 2009 BEEPS Data”
Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, USA
Sep 2013.
Anderson, J.E. and Shimul, S.

“Estimating the Income Elasticity of the Property Tax Base”
Proceedings. Annual Conference on Taxation and Minutes of the Annual Meetingof the National Tax Association
105 (2012): 91-98.
Reichenback, L. and Shimul, S.
“Sustaining health: the role of BRACs community health volunteers in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Uganda”
BRAC Research MonographSeries No. 49, Sep 2011. (

Shimul, S.
“Remittance and Economic Development: Evidence from Bangladesh Using Unrestricted Error Correction Model Engel Granger Co-integration Approach”
Businessand Economic Horizon,
April 2013

Shimul, S. et al.
“An Examination of FDI and Growth Nexus in Bangladesh: Engle Granger and Bound Testing Cointegration Approach”.
BRAC University Journal
Vol.VI, No. 1, 69-76: 2009

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