Dr. Samia Islam received her Ph.D. in economics from the West Virginia University in
2004, with specialties in urban and regional economics and public finance. She also has a
Master of Social Science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics from the
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Islam joined the Department of Economics in the fall
of 2004. Before coming to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. degree, Dr. Islam served as a
research assistant at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and later at
Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh . She also writes
commentaries on socio-economic issues for her hometown newspapers, The Daily Star and The
New Age. 

Dr. Islam's primary research interests relate to regional economies and regional
development issues, transportation investment and public finance. 



An Examination of the Differential Impact of Highway Capital Investment on Economically Disparate Appalachian Counties in the USA, Transportation Planning & Technology (2010)

The economic performance of Appalachian counties in the USA varies substantially across the region. The...


Beyond the Veil: The Influence of Islam on Female Entrepreneurship in a Conservative Muslim Context (with John C. McIntosh), International Management Review (2010)

Although there is a well developed corpus of knowledge concerning female entrepreneurs in developed nations,...



Correcting Sample Selection in FARS data to Estimate Seatbelt Use (with Frank Goetzke), Journal of Safety Research (2009)

In this paper, we use 2006 FARS data to estimate seatbelt use in the United...


Impact of Air Quality Regulations on Entrepreneurial Activity (with Scott E. Lowe), Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship (2009)

The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of NAAQS non-attainment status on...



A Method for Constructing Commodity by Industry Flow Matrices (with Randall W. Jackson, Walter R. Schwarm, and Yasuhide Okuyama), Annals of Regional Science (2006)

This paper presents theory and methods used to construct an interregional commodity by industry flow...



Testing for Spatial Equilibrium Using Happiness Data (with Frank Goetzke), North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) Conference (2013)