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Dr. Sharon Barnhardt
Ph.D. from Harvard University, USA; M.P.A. from Princeton University, USA; and Bachelors from NYU, USA

Sharon Barnhardt is Director of the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, CESS Nuffield - FLAME University and its Principal Investigator for Economics and Public Policy. She uses natural and randomized experiments to study nutrition, housing and sanitation in India. Her current research includes measuring the impact of iron-fortified, iodized salt on anemia in rural Bihar and improving the sustainability of community sanitation in slums in Odisha. Earlier, she studied the effects of government housing programs on economic mobility and social networks.

Dr. Barnhardt’s research is supported financially by the US National Institutes of Health, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 3ie, the UK Department for International Development, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (with Field and Pande) and The Journal of Development Studies (with Karlan and Khemani). She has co-authored a two-volume book Urban Poverty Alleviation in India: A General Assessment and a Particular Perspective (with Supriti and Ramanathan) and three chapters in the NBER series on the Economics of Aging (with Banerjee and Duflo), published by the University of Chicago Press.

Dr. Barnhardt is also Faculty Affiliate at the Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). She teaches Behavioral Economics at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and was an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad before joining FLAME University. Her academic record comprises a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a Bachelors from NYU.