Abdur Chowdhury

Abdur  Chowdhury
Abdur ChowdhuryMarquette University

Straz Hall, 004

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-8050
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Professor Emeritus of Economics

Dr. Chowdhury returned to Marquette University from Switzerland where he was the chief economist of the United Nations Economic Commission in Europe for the past five years. He served as the director of the Master of Science in Applied Economics Program at Marquette from 1991 through 1995. He was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, from 1995 through 1996, a visiting professor with John Hopkins University in 1996 and a senior researcher with the Central Bank of Finland in 2002.  In October 2010, Dr. Chowdhury was appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Academic Advisory Council. He has published extensively in professional journals and various media outlets. His specializations are in the areas of US macroeconomy, international finance, and global economic issues.


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Kentucky, 1983
  • M.A., Economics, University of Kentucky, 1981
  • M.A., Economics,  University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1977
  • B.A., Economics (honors), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1976

Professional Experience

Director, and Chief Economist, Economic Analysis Division and Director, Technical Cooperation Unit (Sept. 2003 – January 2008), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Chief Economist, Capital Market Consultants, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2008- 

Senior Researcher, Institute for Transition Economies (BOFIT), Bank of Finland 2002-2003, Helsinki, Finland. 

Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations, Rome, 1998-99. 

Visiting Researcher , World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), United Nations, Helsinki, 1998; 2001. 

Senior Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995-96. 

Visiting Professor, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, 1996, (taught at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China). 

Research Officer, 1978-1979, Planning Commission, Ministry of Planning and Finance, Government of Bangladesh. 

Research Officer, 1977-1978, World Bank Resident Mission, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Professional Interests

  • Open economy macroeconomics
  • Monetary economics
  • International finance
  • Development economics
  • Global economic issues 

Selected Publications

"The Puzzle of Heterogeneity in Support for Free Trade," Forthcoming,  Business and Politics, 2014 (with Jeffrey Drope).

"Virtual Currency and the Financial System: The Case of Bitcoin,"  Investments and Wealth Monitor, March/April, 2014 (with Barry Mendelson), pp. 46-54.

 "Inflation and Inflation-Uncertainty in India: The Policy Implications of the Relationship", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 41(1), 2014, pp. 71-86.

"The Political Investment Cycle within China: The Next Transition and its Investment Implications" Investment and Wealth Monitor, September-October 2013, pp. 30-34 (with Barry Mendelson).

"Til Recession Do Us Part: Booms, Busts, and Divorce in the United States," Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 20(3), 2013, pp. 255-261.

 "The Geographical Dimension of the Development Effects of Natural Resources," Environmental; and Resource Economics, Vol. 52(4), 479-498, 2012 [with Fabrizio Carmignani].