Khan Jahirul Islam


Office: ART 225
Phone: 250.807.9591

Research Summary

Economic development, poverty and inequality, financial inclusion, behavioural economics public policy, economics of conflict.

Courses & Teaching

Microeconomics, development economics, money and banking, managerial economics, labour economics, macroeconomics, econometrics.


Dr. Khan Jahirul Islam has completed Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba. Khan started teaching as an instructor at the University of Manitoba in 2011 and the University of Winnipeg in 2013, before his appointment as a lecturer of economics at University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus in August 2016. His major fields of research are Economic Development, Behavioral Economics, Public Policy and Financial Inclusion. Khan has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter.


Khan Islam’s Website


PhD, University of Manitoba

Research Interests & Projects

Project Title: Canada and the Asia Pacific Policy Project (CAPP) (September, 2018 – present)
I am one of the research collaborators of this project which seeks to establish interdisciplinary-research collaboration between Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. This project has secured a fund of $20000$ so far including Tri-University, Tri-Agency Major Project Collaboration Grant from Thompson River University.

Project Title: Intensive Care Unit for the Poor (ICUP)(2013 – present)
I have designed and implemented this pilot research project based on my empirical and theoretical knowledge of micro-finance. This project involves lending money to the poor households. I have lent money (without interest) to twenty two poor households and collecting data to analyse their behaviour. The purpose of this project is to improve the existing microcredit model by reducing the cost of borrowing and by better incentive-designing.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Peer-reviewed Articles

Islam, Khan Jahirul, Wayne Simpson. 2017. “Payday lending and Micro credit: Two Faces of the Same Problem?” Journal of International Development (John Wiley and Sons, Ltd) 30(4): 584-614. doi:10.1002/jid.3339.

Islam, Khan Jahirul. 2014. “Does Microcredit Reduce Household Vulnerability to Poverty? Empirical Evidence from Bangladesh.” Journal of Economics and Development Studies (American Research Institute for Policy Development) 2(2): 311-326.

M.A. Khan, M.F. Alam and Khan J. Islam. 2012. “The Impact of Co-management on Household Income and Expenditure: An Empirical Analysis of Common Property Fishery Resource Management in Bangladesh.” Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management (Elsevier) 65: 67-78. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.04.014.

Book Chapter

Simpson, Wayne, and Khan J. Islam. 2018. “A Statistical Profile of Payday Loan Clients from National Surveys.” In Canadian Payday Lending in a Global Context: A Mature Industry with Chronic Challenges, by Jerry,Buckland, Robinson, Chris, Spotton Visano, Brenda (Eds.), 41 – 64. Toronto: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71213-0.

Work in Progress

Microcredit Contracts, Repayment Schedules and Strategic Default(Under review in the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, with Pinaki Bose).

Microcredit Contract Design: A Macroeconomic Evaluation (with Melanie O’Gorman).

Can Community-Based Resource Management Reduce Household Poverty and Inequality? Evidence for Bangladesh. (with Akhtaruzzaman Khan).

Impact of Household Debt on Vulnerability to Poverty.

Does Trust Matter for Mental Health? Evidence for Canada. (with Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury).

Impact of Climate Change on Household Income Vulnerability and Diversity.(with Akhtaruzzaman Khan).

What Makes Canadians Happy? (with Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury)


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