The impact of need-based financial aid reform on the decision to attend college

Project Summary:

Low-income students disproportionately attend for-profit colleges and universities where low graduation rates and high levels of student debt are common. This research will utilize administrative data to test whether new rules that require graduation and debt standards change matriculation at for-profit schools.


Shayak Sarkar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His primary research fields are development and econometrics.  He uses legal and economic analysis to research educational quality and financial access for the poor.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was active in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.  

Before starting at Harvard, he earned masters degrees, with distinction, in social work and development economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Sarkar graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in applied mathematics and an A.M. in statistics.