ASHA Bangladesh — A Randomized Controlled Trial to Address Depression and Alleviate Poverty: This is a 5-year randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The project compares the impact of an integrated intervention combining poverty alleviation and depression treatment to depression treatment alone, in low income rural Bangladeshi women with depression. The main question[s] it aims to answer are: 1) whether adding poverty alleviation to depression treatment in an integrated intervention improves depression outcomes at 24 months, as assessed by depressive symptoms and by the presence or absence of relapse; and 2) whether adding poverty alleviation to depression treatment improves implementation outcomes including treatment uptake and retention. Protocol paper here.

Just Air? Environmental Jurisprudence, Air Quality and Infant Mortality in India: This study explores the causal impact of Indian judicial policies on India’s air. We have scraped publicly available websites for a full list of all orders that were passed by the National Green Tribunal of India, the state high courts, and the Supreme Court of India that include a mention of India’s most significant and water regulations. We are reading these cases using a combination of human coders and ChatGPT.  We are using this corpus of cases to learn more about trends in Indian environmental jurisprudence. This project is funded by IGC.


  1. Bhupatiraju, Sandeep, Daniel Chen, Shareen Joshi and Peter Neis, “Caste aside? Names, Networks and Justice in the courts of Bihar, India“, Submitted to Cambridge Elements Series.
  2. Bhupatiraju, Sandeep, Daniel Chen, Shareen Joshi, Peter Neis and Shashank Singh, “Environmental Justice? Activist Judges, Water Quality and Infant Mortality in India“. Submitted to Review of Economic Studies. (A previous version of this is entitled Just Water? Environmental Jurisprudence, Water Quality and Infant Mortality in India“) 
  3. Bhupatiraju, Sandeep, Daniel Chen, Ritesh Das, Shareen Joshi and Peter Neis, “Impact of Free Legal Search on the Rule of Law: Evidence from Indian Kanoon” Submitted to Review of Economic Studies.
  4. Joshi, Shareen, Nishtha Kochhar, and Vijayendra Rao. “Fractal inequality in rural India: class, caste and Jati in Bihar.” Oxford Open Economics 1 (2022).
  5. Bhupatiraju, Sandeep, Daniel Chen and Shareen Joshi, “The Promise of Machine Learning for the Courts of India“, National Law School of India Review, Oct 21 (2021).
  6. Joshi, Shareen and George Shambaugh, “Bridges over Troubled Waters: The Political Economy of Public Private Partnerships in the Water Sector”, Sustainability 13(18):10127.
  7. Joshi, Shareen, Uttamacharya, Kakoli Borkotoky , Abhishek Gautam, Nitin Datta, Pranita Achyut, Priya Nanda, and Ravi Verma. “Spatial variation in contraceptive practice across the districts of India, 1998-2016“, Spatial Demography (2021). Published online.
  8. Bhupatiraju,Sandeep, Chen,Daniel Li, Joshi,Shareen, Neis,Peter Konstantin.”Who Is in Justice? Caste, Religion and Gender in the Courts of Bihar over a Decade.” Policy Research working paper No. WPS 9555 (2021), Impact Evaluation series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Submitted to Economic and Political Weekly.
  9. Joshi, Shareen, “Religion is not a barrier to family planning“, Nature 588, S165 (2020).
  10. Joshi Shareen, Borkotoky Kakoli, Gautam Abhishek, Datta Nitin, Achyut Pranita, Nanda Priya, and Ravi Verma (2020) Poised for a dividend? Changes in the life trajectories of India’s young women over the past two decades. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0242876.
  11. Joshi, Shareen, Sarah Gammage and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, “The Intersections of Women’s Economic and Reproductive Empowerment“, Feminist Economics 26.1 (2020):1–22 (Note: I was one of the editors of this special issue).
  12. Joshi, Shareen and George Shambaugh. “Oversized Solutions to Big Problems: The Political Economy of Partnerships and Environmental Cleanup in India“, Environmental Development 28 (2018): 3–18.
  13. Do, Quy Toan, Shareen Joshi, and Sam Stolper. “Can Environmental Policy Reduce Infant Mortality? Evidence from the Ganga Pollution Cases“, Journal of Development Economics 133 (2018): 306–325.
  14. Joshi, Shareen, and Vijayendra Rao. “Who Should Be at the Top of Bottom-Up Development? A Case-Study of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission in Rajasthan, India,” The Journal of Development Studies 54.10 (2018): 1858–1877.
  15. Joshi, Shareen, “Missing Women and Violent Crimes in India: More than a Correlation?Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 15.2 (2014): 35-43.
  16. Joshi, Shareen, and Anusuya Sivaram. “Does It Pay To Deliver? An Evaluation of India’s Safe Motherhood Program,” World Development 64 December (2014): 434-447.
  17. Desai, Raj M., and Shareen Joshi. “Can Producer Associations Improve Rural Livelihoods? Evidence from Farmer Centres in India,” Journal of Development Studies 1 (2014): 64-80.
  18. Iyer, Sriya, and Shareen Joshi. “Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography,” Journal of South Asian Development 3 (2013): 301-331.
  19. Desai, Raj M., and Shareen Joshi. “Collective action and community development: Evidence from self-help groups in rural India.” The World Bank Economic Review 3.1 (2013) : 492-524.
  20. Do, Quy-Toan, Sriya Iyer, and Shareen Joshi. “The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages,” Review of Economics and Statistics3 (2013): 904-918.
  21. Joshi, Shareen, and T. Paul Schultz. “Family Planning and Women’s And Children’s Health: Long-Term Consequences of an Outreach Program in Matlab, Bangladesh,” Demography 1 (2013): 149-180.
  22. Joshi, Shareen. “Maternal and Child Health in India: What is the Role of Policy?International Affairs Forum. Vol. 4.1 (2013): 40-44.
  23. Farmer, J. Doyne, and Shareen Joshi. “The Price Dynamics of Common Trading Strategies,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 2 (2002): 149-171.
  24. Joshi, Shareen, Jeffrey Parker, and Mark A. Bedau. “Financial Markets Can be at Sub-Optimal Equilibria,” Computational Economics 1 (2002): 5-23.


  1. Joshi, Shareen, Nishtha Kochhar, and Vijayendra Rao. Are Caste Categories Misleading? The Relationship Between Gender And Jati in Three Indian States, In Towards Gender Equity In Development. Siwan Anderson, Lori Beaman and Jean Philippe-Platteau. Oxford University Press (2019).
  2. Joshi, Shareen. “Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India: A Review”, by Akhil Gupta, Durham, NC, Duke University Press.South Asian History and Culture (2014): 14-17.
  3. Do, Quy Toan, Sriya Iyer, and Shareen Joshi. “Consanguinity in South Asia: An Economic Explanation”, In Marriage in South Asia: Continuities and Transformations. Rajni Palriwala and Ravinder Kaur. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi (2013): 208-232.
  4. Mark A. Bedau, Shareen Joshi, and Jeffrey Parker. “Technical Trading May Create a Prisoner’s Dilemma”, In Computational Finance. Eds. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, Blake LeBaron, Andrew W. Lo and Andreas S. Weigend. MIT Press: New York (2000): 465-481.
  5. Joshi, Shareen and Mark A. Bedau. An Explanation of Generic Behavior in an Evolving Financial Market, In: Proceedings of Complex Systems 98: Complexity between the Ecos: From Ecology to Economics. Eds. Russell Standish, Bruce Henry, Simon Watt, Robert Marks, Robert Stocker, David Green, Steve Keen, Terry Bossomaier. Sydney: University of New South Wales (2000): 327-335


  1. Joshi, Shareen. Economic Effects of Family Planning, In: By choice, Not by Chance: Family planning, Human rights and development. The State of the World Population. Margaret Greene and Omar Robles. United Nations Fund for Population Activities, New York (2013).
  2. Desai, Raj M., and Shareen Joshi. “Scaling up by National NGOs: The Experience of SEWA” IFPRI 2020 Briefs on Scaling Up for Effective Agricultural and Rural Development, Focus 19, Brief 14 International Food Policy Research Institute (2013).
  3. Joshi, Shareen. “Reproductive Health And Economic Development: What Connections Should We Focus On?” Research Brief. Population Reference Bureau [PRB], Washington, D.C. (2012).
  4. Joshi, Shareen, “Population Dynamics and Economic Development: Filling the Research Gaps“, Center for Global Development and Population Reference Bureau (2009).


  1. Joshi, Shareen, Nishtha Kochhar, and Vijayendra Rao. “Jati inequality in rural Bihar“. Policy Research working paper; no. WPS 8512. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.
  2. OlofsgÃrd, Anders, Shareen Joshi, and Raj M. Desai. “Can the Poor Be Mobilized? Cooperation and Public Goods in Rural India,” SITE Working Paper Series 40, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, Stockholm School of Economics (2016).
  3. Shareen Joshi. “Female-Headed-Households in Rural Bangladesh: Incidence, Determinants and Impact on Children’s Work and Schooling.” (2005). Yale University Economic Growth Center Working Paper No. 894
  4. Hall, Gillette, Shareen Joshi, Allison Lucas and Anusuya Sivaram. “Juntos o Solos? Which Groups Benefit from Peru’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program?”
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