Shweta is a PhD student in the Public Policy program at Harvard. Her fields are development economics and organizational economics with a focus on questions related to political economy and firms. She is currently studying the differential effects of an electoral reform in India that switched from indirect (parliamentary) to direct (presidential) elections for the position of the head of the local government on political entry and public good delivery outcomes. She is also interested in studying the resilience of firms and their coping mechanisms to policy shocks, like bans on plastic goods, that are currently being enacted in several Indian states. Her advisors at Harvard include Professors Rohini Pande and Rema Hanna.
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.