Dr Sheikh Selim

Dr Sheikh Selim

Dubai Campus
Programme Director of Economics
Programme Director of Money, Banking and Finance

Contact details

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

Sheikh Selim is a senior lecturer of Economics and the Programme Director for BSc Economics and BSc Money Banking Finance.

Sheikh has previously led BSc Business Economics programme in University of Westminster where he also held a senior lecturer of Economics position. He has 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 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.


Senior Lecturer in Economics

  • 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 University of Birmingham as the 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).

 Sheikh was awarded PhD in Economics from 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.


  • Luintel, K., Selim, S. & Bajracharya, P. (2017) ‘Liberalization, bankers’ motivation and productivity: A simple model with an application’ Economic Modelling Vol. 61, pp. 102-112.
  • Selim, S. (2015) ‘The Impact of Grain Self Sufficiency Program on Regional Welfare and Agricultural Productivity in China’, Agricultural Economics Vol. 46, pp. 595-601.
  • Selim, S. (2015) ‘Explainer: What is the Robin Hood – or Tobin-Tax?’, The Conversation.
  • Selim, S. (2015) ‘Manifesto Check: Labour’s tax plan may fail to raise revenue’, The Conversation.
  • Selim, S. (2015) ‘Fact Check: would abolishing non-dom status raise more tax?’, The Conversation.
  • Selim, S. (2015) ‘Manifesto Check: Plaid Cymru’s tax policies won’t tackle Wales' productivity problem, The Conversation.
  • Patel, V. & Selim, S. (2014) ‘Reforms, Incentives, Welfare and Productivity Growth in Chinese Wheat Production’, Journal of Business and Policy Research Vol. 9(1), pp. 81-105. 
  • Selim, S. (2012) ‘Labour Productivity and Rice Production in Bangladesh: A Stochastic Frontier Approach’, Applied Economics Vol. 44 (5), pp. 641-652.
  • Selim, S. (2011) ‘Revisiting the Capital Tax Ambiguity Result’, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Social Sciences Vol. 5(1), pp. 37-48.
  • Selim, S. (2010) ‘Optimal Taxation in a Two-sector Economy with Heterogeneous Agents’, Economics Bulletin Vol. 30 (1), pp 534-542.
  • Selim, S. and Parvin, N. (2010) ‘Policy Reforms and Incentives in Rice Production in Bangladesh’, Economics Bulletin Vol. 30(1), pp 461-471.
  • Selim, S. (2009). ‘Optimal Capital Income Taxation in a Two-Sector Economy’, in Public Goods, Public Policy and Taxation: A European Perspective, by Duffy, D. and E. Shinnick (eds), LIT: Berlin.

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