Staff Directory

Selamah Bt. Abdullah Yusof

Academic Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics - Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University
  • In Economics - Masters Degree, Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN
  • Master of Science (Applied Probality and Statistics) - Masters Degree, Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science - Bachelor Degree, Northern Illinois University

Selamah Bt. Abdullah Yusof (Prof. Dr.)

IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Selamah Abdullah Yusof is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the International Islamic University Malaysia. Her teaching interests include econometrics, mathematics, statistics, labour economics and microeconomics. In 2010, she was awarded the Best Teacher Award (Department level).She has conducted training workshops in the areas of research methods and data analysis for academic staff at the university level.
Her research interests center on analyzing areas in economics from an Islamic perspective. She has co-written articles on constructing Islamic theoretical frameworks related to producer behaviour and profit maximization. She led a research team on developing a benchmark, and measures for values along the principles of Islam, and the impact on social problems, which has won the Quality Research Award at the university level. One of her current research works is in developing an Islamic development index. Apart from these works, she also conducts research in the area of household economics particularly in studying household financial fragility. She has produced several papers and has won several medals in the university research, invention and innovation exhibitions for this effort.
She was appointed as the Head of Department of Economics in 1999 and served in that position until 2003. She was the Editor of IIUM Journal of Economics and Management for 2004-2005, and was also an editorial board member of Asian Academy of Management Journal from 2003 to 2006.

Teaching Responsibilities

BUSINESS MATHEMATICS 1997/1998 1998/1999 2003/2004 2004/2005 2007/2008 2006/2007 2008/2009 2002/2003 2020/2021 2014/2015 2017/2018 1999/2000 2011/2012 2012/2013 2009/2010 2010/2011 2013/2014 2015/2016 2018/2019 2001/2002 2016/2017
ECONOMETRICS 2018/2019 2020/2021 2017/2018 2021/2022 1996/1997 2019/2020 1997/1998 2016/2017
ECONOMETRICS I 2014/2015 2007/2008 2020/2021 2017/2018 2010/2011 2011/2012 2018/2019 2008/2009 1997/1998 2019/2020 2006/2007 2013/2014 2015/2016 2009/2010 2012/2013 2001/2002 1995/1996 2016/2017 2021/2022 1999/2000 2003/2004 2000/2001 2002/2003
ECONOMETRICS II 1995/1996 2015/2016 1990/1991
ECONOMICS THEORY 2000/2001 1998/1999
LABOUR ECONOMICS 2006/2007 2002/2003
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS 1999/2000 2004/2005 1995/1996 2003/2004
STATISTICAL METHODS 2000/2001 1996/1997 2003/2004 2010/2011 1998/1999 1999/2000
STATISTICS I 1990/1991

Research Projects

2019 - 2020 Kajian Peluang Pekerjaan Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) di Malaysia
2016 - 2021 Household Debt in Malaysia: Economic, Physiological, Health and Social Impacts and the Role of Religiosity
2013 - Islamic Economic Framework for Waqf: Lessons from History,Comparative Best Practices and Developing Contemporary Models
2012 - 2016 A Critical Analysis of the Current Islamic Banking Structure in Malaysia: Issue & Policy Implications
2011 - 2014 Household Financial Risks in Malaysia: Risk Exposure, Risk-Bearing Capacity, and Risk-Coping Strategies
2010 - 2011 An Analysis of Values of KENMS Students
2009 - 2010 Asymmetric Adjustment of Employment and productivity : The case of Indonesia,Thailand and Malaysia
2009 - 2013 Assessing Academic Department Efficiency at a Public University : the Case of the Kulliyyah of Economics & Management Science, International Islamic University Malaysia
2007 - 2007 The Link Between Globalization and the Malaysian Labor Market
2007 - 2007 The Long-run and Dynamic Behaviors of Productivity in Malaysia
2007 - 2010 Expenditure and Investment Patterns of Malaysians
2014 - Present Religiousity and Holistic Development in a Muslim Society: A Case Study on south Kalimantan, Indonesia
2013 - Present Socio Economic Impact of Shari'ah Compliant Hospitality and Services on Malaysia and Muslim Communities
2013 - Present The Integrated Development Index (I-DEX): A New Comprehensive Approach to Measuring Human Development
2011 - Present The Integrated Development Index (I-Dex): A New Comprehensive Approach to Measuring Human Development

Award & Recognition

16 Mar, 2002 Quality Research Award (Kulliyyah) - International Islamic University Malaysia Kulliyyah



2021 Economic impact of maritime piracy on Artisanal fishermen in Somalia. Empirical Economic Letters, 20 (6) pp. 1107-1118
2020 Estimations of business exposure to corruption in Malaysia. Journal of Financial Crime, 27 (4) pp. 1273-1287
2020 Household debt and household spending behavior: evidence from Malaysia (hutang isi rumah dan tingkah laku perbelanjaan isi rumah: Bukti dari Malaysia). Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia, 54 (1) pp. 111-120
2020 The association between household debt and marriage satisfaction in the context of urban household in Klang Valley, Malaysia. Journal of Emerging Economies & Islamic Research, 8 (1) pp. 12-22
2019 Ethnic disparity in financial fragility in Malaysia. International Journal of Social Economics, 46 (1) pp. 31-46
2019 Holistic development and wellbeing based on maqasid al-shari'ah : the case of south kalimantan, Indonesia. Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, 40 (4) pp. 1-22
2018 Relationship between religiosity and individual economic achievement: evidence from South Kalimantan, Indonesia = العلاقة بين التدين والإنجاز الاقتصادي للأفراد: ادلة من جنوب كاليمانتان, إندونسيا. KIng Abdulaziz University Islamic Economics, 31 (2) pp. 3-16
2015 A critical analysis of development indices. Australian Journal of Sustainable Business and Society, 1 (1) pp. 37-53
2015 Financial fragility of urban households in Malaysia. Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia, 49 (1) pp. 15-24
2015 Household bargaining, financial decision-making and risk tolerance. International Journal of Business and Society, 16 (2) pp. 221-236
2015 Household decision-making in Malaysia: the ethnic dimension. Social Indicators Research, 124 () pp. 283-293
2013 Determinants of risk tolerance on financial asset ownership: a case of Malaysia. International Journal of Business and Society, 14 (1) pp. 1-16
2010 Consumption patterns and income elasticities in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies , 47 (2) pp. 91-106
2010 Globalization and the Malaysian labor market: an empirical investigation . Journal of Economics Cooperation and Development, 31 (1) pp. 17-40
2010 Household decision-making and expenditure patterns of married men and women in Malaysia. Journal of Family and Economic Issue, 31 (3) pp. 371-381
2010 Productivity-employment link and asymmetric adjustments: the case of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. International Journal of Business Management, Economics and Information Technology, 2 (1) pp. 135-141
2008 The long-run and dynamic behaviors of wages, productivity and employment in Malaysia. Journal of Economic Studies, 35 (3) pp. 249-262
2007 A Survey on the objective of the firm and models of producer behavior in the Islamic framework. J.KAU: Islamic Econ, 20 (2) pp. 3-16
2003 Religiosity and social problems in Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 11 (1) pp. 77-87
2002 Formation of desired values: the role of parents. International Journal of Social Economics, 29 (6) pp. 468-479
2002 Values and their relationship to social problems in Malaysia: an Islamic framework. American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 19 (3) pp. 57-78
Conference or Workshop Item

2015 Medical tourism: miracle or mirage? . In: 18th QMOD-ICQSS & KSQM International Joint Conference on Quality and Service Sciences (ICQSS 2015),
2015 Medical tourism: miracle or mirage?. In: 18th QMOD-KSQM International Joint Conference on Quality and Service Science,
2015 Safeguarding wealth (Hifdh al mal) and its role in sustainable economic development in the OIC countries. In: International Conference on “Islam, Science and Sustainable Development: Maqasid al-Shari‘ah and Humanity’s Well-being,
2013 Household financial management: Profiles of urban households of different religious beliefs. In: IIUM Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2013,
2013 Risk exposure, risk-bearing capacity, and risk-coping strategies: A comparative study among urban households. In: IIUM Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2013,
2013 Risk exposure, risk-bearing capacity, and risk-coping strategies: a comparative study among urban households in Malaysia. In: 10th Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference (EBES),
2011 The quest for a 21st century Islamic economics curriculum for universities in the Muslim world: the case of IIUM. In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Islam and Higher Education,
2008 An analysis of social problems in Malaysia: the case of Johor. In: National Conference on Social Problems in Malaysia,

2018 Islamic economics: principles & analysis. International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), ISBN: 978-967-16568-2-2
Book Section

2018 Measuring wealth development based on Maqasid al-Shariah: Hifdh al-Maal Index (HMI). In: IIUM Press, & Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), ISBN: 978-967-418400-1, pp. 185-203
2015 The Integrated Development Index (I-Dex): a new comprehensive approach to measuring human development. In: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation , ISBN: 978-9927-118-22-7, pp. 159-172
2013 The effectiveness of an integrated curriculum: economics programme at the International Islamic University Malaysia. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674182700, pp. 153-168
2013 The effectiveness of an integrated curriculum: economics programme at the International Islamic University Malaysia. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674182700, pp. 153-168