Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Shayak Sarkar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His primary research fields are development and econometrics. He uses legal and economic analysis to research educational quality and financial access for the poor. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was active in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
Before starting at Harvard, he earned master’s degrees with distinction in social work and development economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Sarkar graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in applied mathematics and an A.M. in statistics.
- 2014, The impact of need-based financial aid reform on the decision to attend college, $15,000