Shareen Joshi

Shareen Joshi
Assistant Professor
520B ICC

Assistant Professor

My research mainly focuses on poverty alleviation and demographic change in the developing world. I am particularly interested in the evaluation of development policies using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. My recent papers explore the effects of maternal and child health programs on the well-being of families in Bangladesh and the impact of self-help group participation on the lives of women in rural Rajasthan (India). I am also interested in patterns of marriage and household structure across the developing world.

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, South Asia, Gender, Household structure, Applied Economics, India

  • PhD (2005) Yale University, Economics
  • BA (1998) Reed College, Mathematics/Economics


Raj M. Desai and Shareen Joshi. “Can the Poor Be Organized? Evidence from Self-Help Groups in Rural India.” World Bank Economic Review (2014).

Raj M. Desai and Shareen Joshi. “Can Producer Associations Improve Rural Livelihoods? Evidence from Farmer Centres in India.” Journal of Development Studies 50.1 (2014): 64-80.

Sriya Iyer and Shareen Joshi. “Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography.” Journal of South Asian Development 8.3 (2013): 301-331.

Shareen Joshi. “Maternal and child health in India: What is the role of policy?.” International Affairs Forum 4.1 (2013): 40-44.
Quy Toan Do, Sriya Iyer and Shareen Joshi. “The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages.” Review of Economics and Statistics 95.3 (2013): 904-918.

T. Paul Schultz and Shareen Joshi. “Family planning and Women’s and Children’s health: Consequences of an outreach program in Matlab, Bangladesh.” Demography 50.1 (2013): 149-180.

Doyne Farmer and Shareen Joshi. “The Price Dynamics of Commonly Used Trading Strategies.” The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 49.2 (2002): 149-71.

Mark A. Bedau, Jeffrey Parker and Shareen Joshi. “Financial Markets Can be at Sub-Optimal Equilibria.” Computational Economics 19.1 (2002): 5-23.

Quy Toan Do, Sriya Iyer and Shareen Joshi. “Consanguinity in South Asia: An Economic Explanation.” Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World. Ed. Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2013.

Shareen Joshi. “The Economic Returns to Family-Planning.” State of the World Population Report, 2012. Ed. United Nations Fund for Population Activities. New York: United Nations, 2012.

Shareen Joshi. “Review for Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India, by Akhil Gupta, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2012, 384 pp., $26.95 (paperback), ISBN 9780822351108.” South Asian History and Culture 5.1 (2014).

Raj M. Desai and Shareen Joshi, “SEWA: Supporting Village-Level Organizations to Improve Rural Livelihoods”, In: SCALING UP IN AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AND NUTRITION (Edited by Johannes Lim), International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC. .

“Reproductive Health and Economic Development: What Connections Should We Focus On?” Population Research Bureau, Washington DC.