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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  Dehli 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, .