Gunjan Sharma, Ph.D.
Prior to joining Sacred Heart University, Dr. Sharma was an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, later joining the World Bank as a Private Sector Development Specialist/ Economist. Recently, she was a Research Associate in the Department of Economics at Smith College, MA, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. in Economics from University of Maryland – College Park, 2006
- M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, 2001
- B.A. (Honors) Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, 1999
Research Interests and Grants
Dr. Sharma’s research interests lie in the empirical aspects of International Trade and Economic Development. Her research has used novel microeconomic data and advanced econometric techniques to analyze the growth experience of the Indian private sector firms (in terms of productivity, wages, employment generation, skill upgrading, as well as choice of location) in the wake of economic deregulation that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, she is investigating whether the relation between the organized sector and the unorganized sector is one of competition or collaboration. She is also evaluating the causal relationship between alcohol consumption and violence against women. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Development Economics. She has received grants from the Development Economics Research Group, as well as the International Growth Center.