Sharad Tandon

Sharad Tandon

Agricultural Economist


Sharad Tandon is a development economist with the Food Security and Development Branch.  His research is primarily focused on the measurement of food security, analyzing how households cope with food insecurity, and analyzing the short and long-term impacts of household coping strategies.  He also has secondary research interests in the political economy of development and applied microeconomics more generally.


Sharad joined the Economic Research Service in 2008.  Prior to joining ERS, Sharad was an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a research assistant for the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business (U.C. Berkeley), and a Graduate Student Instructor for the Department of Economics at U.C. Berkeley.


Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
M.A. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
A.B. in Economics, Cornell University, 2002

Selected Publications

Tandon, S. Forthcoming. “Election Outcomes and the Poor: Evidence from the Consumption of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in India,” Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Krishnamurthy, P., V. Pathania, and S. Tandon. Forthcoming. “Food Price Subsidies and Nutrition:  Evidence from State Reforms to India’s Public Distribution System,” Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Tandon, S. 2015. “Taxation and Political Mobilization: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 63(3):515-549.

Krishnamurthy, P., V. Pathania, and S. Tandon. 2014. “Public Distribution System Reforms and Consumption in Chhattisgarh,” Economic and Political Weekly 49(8):74-81.

Tandon, S. 2012. “Economic Reform, Voting, and Local Political Intervention: Evidence from India,” Journal of Development Economics 97(2):221-231.

Tandon, S., and M. Landes. 2011. “The Sensitivity of Food Security in India to Alternate Estimation Methods,” Economic and Political Weekly 46(22):92-99.

Tandon, S., A. Woolverton, and M. Landes. 2011. “Analyzing Modern Food Retailing Expansion Drivers in Developing Countries,” Agribusiness: an International Journal 27(3):327-343.