Nihar Shah

Nihar Shah

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Nihar is an economist at Facebook, where he currently works on financial and macroeconomic questions around the cryptocurrency Libra. He has also worked on experimentation projects, particularly for Facebook's advertising and payments platforms. Nihar has previously worked as an equity derivatives trader at D.E. Shaw, a hedge fund, and has served as fellow for the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship.

Research Areas

  • Fintech
  • Experimentation
  • Financial stability
  • Monetary policy


  • Harvard University, PhD in Economics, 2018
  • Harvard University, AM in Economics, 2014
  • Harvard University, AM in Statistics, 2014
  • Harvard University, AB in Economics, 2011

Prior Experience

  • Economist, Facebook
  • Fellow, Data Science for Social Good Fellowship
  • Equity Derivatives Trader, D.E. Shaw

Awards & Distinctions

  • Harvard University Distinction in Teaching, 2009 - 2016

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2010