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Salma Ahmed
Deakin University
Dr Salma Ahmed holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Monash University in Australia. She is currently based in Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Salma’s primary area of research is development economics. She has worked on a range of topics including child labour, child schooling, women's and child health, gender wage inequality, and gender-related policy. She has several publications including papers in World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Biosocial Science, and Demographic Research

Articles By Salma Ahmed
The demographic impact of extended paid maternity leave in Bangladesh
Posted On: 14 Jun 2017

Topics:   Gender , Jobs

In March 2017, Indian Parliament passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 extending paid maternity leave to 26 weeks. This column analyses the impact of extension of paid maternity leave in Bangladesh in 2006 and 2010, on infant mortality, female labour force participation, and fertility rates.
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Quality of governance and welfare outcomes
Posted On: 27 Apr 2016

Topics:   Political Economy

As the MDGs gave way to the SDGs, considerable attention has been focussed on movements in key welfare indicators for women and children in the past decade. In this context, this column compares India with Bangladesh, and also looks at the relative performance of Indian states. Further, it provides evidence on the strength of association between the quality of governance and welfare outcomes in India.
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