Dr Sheikh Selim

Dr Sheikh Selim

Dubai Campus
Head of Education
Programme Director of BSc Economics and BSc Money, Banking and Finance
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Sheikh Selim is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Programme Director for BSc Economics and BSc Money Banking Finance.

He previously led the BSc Business Economics programme in the University of Westminster where he held the position of  Senior Lecturer of Economics. He served as a visiting professor of Political Economy in the New College of Humanities, and as a Lecturer of Economics in Cardiff University. He has published scholarly articles in high impact journals such as Economic Modelling, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Business and Policy Research, Applied Economics and Economics Bulletin.

Sheikh served as a consultant in the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, and wrote invited articles for the Conversation. He has served as a referee for the Journal of Behavioural Finance, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Macroeconomics, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Singapore Economic Review, ESRC, Qatar Foundation, University of Wales Press, Cambridge University Press, among others.


  • PhD in Economics 2005, University of Southampton
  • MSc in Economics of Development 2001, The Australian National University
  • MSS in Economics 1998, University of Dhaka
  • BA (Hons) in Economics 1996, Aligarh Muslim University


Sheikh Selim joined the University of Birmingham as Programme Director (Economics) - Dubai in 2018, having previously been a Senior Lecturer of Economics and course leader of Business Economics at Westminster Business School (2012-2018), and a lecturer of Economics at Cardiff Business School (2005-2012).

He was awarded a PhD in Economics from the University of Southampton for his research on Optimal Taxation in Dynamic General Equilibrium Models.

Sheikh's main research areas are Macroeconomics, Economic Growth & Development and Public Economics. He has published papers on Optimal Tax Theory, Sectoral Productivity and Agricultural Productivity & Growth in renowned journals such as Economic Modelling, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Business and Policy Research, Applied Economics, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Social Sciences and Economics Bulletin. His current research include the growth and welfare effects of optimal tax policy and banking development & productivity.


BSc Economics

BSc Money Banking Finance

Postgraduate supervision

Completed 2 PhD supervisions.

PhD examination: University of York, Cardiff University, Glyndawr University.


Research interests

Macroeconomics, Economic Growth & Development, Public Economics.

Current projects

Growth and welfare effects of optimal tax policy, optimal taxation with tax evasion, banking development & productivity in developing countries.

Other activities

External Examiner at the University of Buckingham and University of Brighton.


Recent publications


Selim, S, Luintel, K & Bajracharya, P 2016, 'Liberalization, bankers’ motivation and productivity: A simple model with an application', Economic Modelling, vol. 61, pp. 102-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2016.11.017

Selim, S 2015, 'The Impact of Grain Self Sufficiency regime on Regional Welfare and Agricultural Productivity in China', Agricultural Economics, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 595-601. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12156, https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12156

Patel, V & Selim, S 2014, 'Reforms, Incentives, Welfare and Productivity Growth in Chinese Wheat Production', Journal of Business and Policy Research, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 81-105. https://doi.org/10.21102/jbpr.2014.07.91.05, https://doi.org/10.21102/jbpr.2014.07.91.05

Selim, S 2012, 'Labour Productivity and Rice Production in Bangladesh: A Stochastic Frontier Approach', Applied Economics, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 641-652. https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2010.515203

Selim, S 2011, 'Revisiting the Capital Tax Ambiguity Result', Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Social Sciences, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 37-48.

Selim, S 2010, 'Optimal Taxation in a Two-sector Economy with Heterogeneous Agents', Economics Bulletin, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 534-542. <http://www.accessecon.com/Pubs/EB/2010/Volume30/EB-10-V30-I1-P49.pdf>

Selim, S & Parvin, N 2010, 'Policy Reforms and Incentives in Rice Production in Bangladesh', Economics Bulletin, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 461-471. <http://www.accessecon.com/Pubs/EB/2010/Volume30/EB-10-V30-I1-P41.pdf>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Selim, S 2009, Optimal Capital Income Taxation in a Two-Sector Economy. in D Duffy & E Shinnick (eds), Public Goods, Public Policy and Taxation: A European Perspective. New Developments in Economic Research, LIT Verlag, Berlin, pp. 179-198.

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