Sarika Gupta was a PhD student affiliate with EPoD until she completed her degree in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research lies at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and public policy. She focuses on questions related to governance, public service delivery, and social protection, especially of women, in developing countries. Her job market research employs a field experiment to show how the design of welfare administration interacts with vulnerabilities of poor citizens to create distortions in take-up of social programs, especially when formal bureaucratic assistance is limited.
Prior to joining Harvard, she worked for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in India where she helped manage a large-scale field experiment examining provision of public services in urban slums. She has also worked at Plan International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C.
Sarika holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from St. Louis University and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.