Kabir is an applied microeconomic researcher with primary research interest in the areas of health, labour and public policy analysis. He is employed as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board, USA. Prior to that Kabir was a senior research fellow at Auckland University Technology's NZ Work Research Institute
Since joining the NZ Work Research Institute, Kabir has been involved in several large-scale funded empirical projects commissioned by various ministries and public agencies. These include labour force underutilisation (Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment), identifying social and economic factors impacting the wellbeing of international students (Ministry of Education), labour market outcomes of men and women as they have children (Ministry for Women), and analysing the ethnic gaps in access to healthcare (Ministry of Social Development and the Health Research Council).