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M. R. Sharan

Assistant Professor

2116A Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, MD 20742-5535


  • Development Economics
  • Political Economy



Mamidipudi Ramakrishna Sharan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park., specializing in development economics and political economy. 

His research focuses on inequality in socially diverse settings and how institutional and technological innovations could empower marginalized groups. His current research focuses on ethnic divisions within government and how a formal complaints technology could help representatives from minority backgrounds overcome ethnic barriers and deliver public goods in their jurisdictions.  


PhD  Harvard University, 2020
MA  Delhi School of Economics, 2011
BA  Hans Raj College, Delhi University, 2009


Areas of Interest: 

  • Inequality in socially diverse settings
  • Institutional and technological innovations empowering marginalized groups


Selected Publications:

Women Political Leaders, Corruption, and Learning: Evidence from a Large Public Program in India with Farzana Afridi and Vegard Iversen, Economic Development and Cultural Change, October 2017, .

“The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan: Rationed Funds and their allocation
across villages” (with Himanshu and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay), Economic and Political Weekly, 2015

“Identifying BPL Households: A Comparison of Competing Approaches”, Economic and Political Weekly,
2011, pp.256-262

What the Bihar Model Got Right and Where it Missed the Mark, Times of India, Nov 2020.

How Caste Equations Continue to Shape Bihar’s Economic Fortunes, Outlook, December 2021.

The particulars of social policy in India: Evidence, State capacity, and policy design (with Apurva
Bamezai), Ideas for India, Sep 2018

Secular Hymns, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 47, 01 Dec, 2018

Remembering and Forgetting in Bihar, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 39, 29 Sep,