Shweta is a PhD student in the Public Policy program at Harvard. Her primary field is development economics with research interests in environmental resources, political economy, and spatial economics.
She is currently studying the effects of competition for groundwater, as determined by the interaction of administrative and natural resource boundaries, on agricultural decisions and outcomes like water extraction and irrigation, crop choice, productivity, and long-term water levels in India. In addition to this, she is also interested in research on the impacts of spatial organization of villages on public good delivery, and political entry and selection in urban local bodies. Her advisors at Harvard include Professors Rema Hanna, Emily Breza, and Asim Khwaja.
Before joining Harvard, Shweta was a research assistant for Professor Tavneet Suri and Dr. Rachel Glennerster at J-PAL. She did her Masters in International and Development Economics at Yale University and has a BA in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.