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Shayak Sarkar

Acting Professor of Law

Education

Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University (expected 2018)

J.D., Yale Law School 2013

M.S. Economics for Development, Oxford University 2009, Rhodes Scholar

M.S. Evidence-based Social Intervention, Oxford University 2008

A.M. Statistics, Harvard University 2007

A.B., magna cum laude, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University 2007, Phi Beta Kappa

Biography

Shayak Sarkar's scholarship addresses the structure and legal regulation of inequality. His substantive interests lie in financial regulation, employment law, immigration, and taxation. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard and will join the UC Davis School of Law faculty in Spring 2018.

Professor Sarkar clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced as an employment attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he focused on domestic workers’ rights. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was active in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. He also served as a Coker Fellow in Contracts and received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Before law school he studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned masters degrees, with distinction, in social work and development economics.

His research has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Yale Journal on Regulation, and edited volumes. 

Subject Areas

Employment Discrimination Law, Financial Regulation, Immigration Law And Policy, Law And Economics

Selected Career Highlights

  • Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2016-2017
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Guido Calabresi, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2015-2016
  • Attorney (Yale-Gruber Fellow for Women’s Rights), Greater Boston Legal Services, 2014-2015

Selected Publications

Understanding the Advice of Commissions-Motivated Agents: Evidence from the Indian Life Insurance Market (with Santosh Anagol & Shawn Cole), 99 Review Of Economics & Statistics 1 (2017).

Do Group Dynamics Influence Social Capital Gains Among Microfinance Clients? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Urban India (with Ben Feigenberg, Erica Field, Rohini Pande & Natalia Rigol), 33 Journal Of Policy Analysis & Management 932 (2014).

Intimate Employment, 39 Harvard Journal Of Law & Gender 429 (2016).

Comparative Regulation of Market Intermediaries (with Santosh Anagol & Shawn Cole) in Modernizing Insurance Regulation (eds. Viral Acharya & Matthew Richardson, Wiley Finance) (2014).

Comment, Repayment Frequency in the Law of Microfinance, 31 Yale Journal On Regulation 259 (2014).