M.R. SHARAN grew up in Manipal in Karnataka, then a quiet university town sandwiched between the hills and
the sea. He loves reading, cricket, writing, music and quantitative research on development in India, not
necessarily in that order. Sharan is currently a Ph.D student (starting Fall 2014) at the Harvard Kennedy School, having obtained degrees in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics and Hansraj College. He has worked on questions centred
around poverty and the MNREGS across three Indian states: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.