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. 



The Coasean Framework of the New York City Watershed Agreement (with Geoffrey Black, D. Allen Dalton, and Aaron Batteen), Cato Journal (2014)

Over 50 years ago, in “The Problem of Social Cost,” Ronald Coase (1960) attempted to...



Multidisciplinary Research: Implications for Agricultural and Applied Economists (with Siân Mooney, Douglas Young, and Kelly Cobourn), Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (2013)

We detail the rewards and barriers to participating in multidisciplinary research (MDR) using a 2011...



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...



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