Nikita Sharma

Nikita Sharma is the Economics Editor for the IGC and oversees IGC publications, including the IGC blog. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi.

Content by Nikita Sharma
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    In extremity and externality: Need for policies to protect children from environmental crises

    Despite the undeniable threats of climate change, little consideration has been given to creating social safety nets for the vulnerable or engendering resilience in institutions disrupted by extreme climate events. In this post, Nikita Sharma considers the impact of climate change on economies and individuals, particularly children whose health and education are impeded as...

    5 Jun 2022 | Nikita Sharma

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    How cleaner cookstoves and fuels could benefit women’s health and the environment

    With lesser access to financial resources and greater domestic responsibilities, women face the brunt of the climate change crisis. In particular, women are more affected by indoor air pollution caused by unclean cookstoves or fuel. In this post, Sharma and McDonough discuss the evidence around research efforts in India to promote the uptake of cleaner alternatives for...

    7 Mar 2022 | Nikita Sharma, Siobhan McDonough

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    Matter of Pride: Engendering LGBTQ+ inclusivity in thought and research

    This post has been updated recently on 1 June 2022. As countries around the world celebrate Pride in June and reflect on the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, this blog presents ways in which research can be more inclusive and arguments as to why it’s important. Since 1970, the month of June has been dedicated to celebrating and commemorating members of the LGBTQ+...

    23 Jun 2021 | Julia Liborio, Nikita Sharma

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    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma

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    Diversifying economics: Resources for Black and other underrepresented minorities

    This post has been updated recently on 14 October 2021. Over 2011-2017, the top 20 economic departments in the US awarded PhDs to only 15 Black students. In 2017, only 0.6% of the doctorates in economics and 2% of the undergraduate degrees in economics awarded in the US went to Black women. The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently found that Black economists in the UK...

    30 Oct 2020 | Rahma Ahmed, Rania Nasir, Nikita Sharma

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    For the urban poor, trade may be the only lifeline during a pandemic

    Trade routes have been significantly disrupted with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As formal firms reel under the consequent demand and supply shock, the urban poor engaging in informal trade with little social protection have been pushed further into the margins, and are struggling simply for survival.   The outbreak of the plague in Surat, India in 1994 claimed...

    29 Oct 2020 | Astrid Haas, Victoria Delbridge, Nikita Sharma

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    Economics’ racial reckoning: A discipline that studies inequality confronts its own

    Economics has been a hostile environment for minorities. It is now high time for it to address its systemic biases and pave the way for a more equitable future, within the profession and beyond. There are events in history that cause us to disrupt our lives and thinking by rightly pushing us to pause and reflect. In 2018, the economics profession was spurred into action...

    10 Aug 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    Ideas Matter: Providing a big push towards women empowerment

    In 2030, six percent of the world population could still be living in extreme poverty. This would be in spite of all the effort that is being made to achieve the first sustainable development goal of eradication of all forms of poverty. Presently, over 730 million people live in extreme poverty i.e below the international poverty line of $1.9 a day.  In his book...

    22 Jul 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    Torn safety nets: How COVID-19 has exposed huge inequalities in global education

    In 2018, 258 million children of primary and secondary school age were out of school. Now, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 1.2 billion children find themselves out of school, at least physically. In both the developed and developing worlds, schools have been more than just places of learning; policy designs have moulded them into safety nets for children....

    9 Jun 2020 | Nikita Sharma