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PhD student at Virginia Tech

Didar Islam

Hi! I’m Didar, a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, specializing in Applied Econometrics and Health Economics. My academic journey began at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, and progressed through a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toledo. I have a deep passion for exploring the complexities of economics, statistics, and finance, which has led me to diverse roles – from assisting faculty in research to guiding students academically and serving as Vice President of the Young Economists’ Society. Highly skilled in advanced econometric techniques, quantitative methods, statistics, financial and business analytics, machine learning algorithms and various data analysis tools including Excel, R, STATA, SAS, SPSS, Python, SQL, ArcGIS, PowerBI, and Tableau, I strive to translate complex datasets into meaningful insights. I have a track record of demonstrating effective written and verbal communication skills, which made me adept at working in fast-paced environments both independently and as part of a team. I possess effective listening, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail being dependable and flexible with strong emotional intelligence. As an aspiring economist, I look forward to leveraging my expertise in analytics, management and consulting to build a better, organized and data-informed world.

Vision Statement

In my analytical journey, I’ve employed a range of methodologies, starting from the foundational OLS and extending to advanced techniques like time series forecasting with VAR, ARIMA, and VECM, and panel data models such as Fixed Effect and Random Effect models. My expertise also extends to ML estimation, GMM estimation, as well as the nuanced Bayesian and Spatial econometrics. Adding to this, my proficiency includes logistic regression, cluster analysis, principal component analysis (PCA), and various machine learning algorithms. This wide-ranging exploration into the world of data is what ignites my passion, as it uncovers narratives about our society, economy, and humanity. It’s more than just numbers or graphs – it’s a revealing truth that I strive to pursue in every piece of my work.


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“Determinants of Domestic Bank Credit to
Private sectors in Bangladesh: An Empirical Investigation”  

ARDL, Bank credit, Private
sector, Broad money, Trade openness, Exchange rate, Real interest rate

Journal of Economic Impact



Professor of Economics; Associate Dean, University of Toledo
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Professor, AAEC department, Virginia Tech,
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Professor, AAEC department, Virginia Tech,
205-A Hutcheson Hall
  • Sharing Love

    "Love is the bridge between you and everything." - Rumi

    Sharing Love
  • Embracing Laughter

    "I've got nothing to do today but smile." - Paul Simon

    Embracing Laughter
  • Celebrating life

    "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

    Celebrating life