Dhiraj Sharma is an economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice. His work focuses on welfare measurement, poverty diagnostics, and policy analysis. He has led or contributed to the analysis of poverty in Iraq, Nepal, and Ghana, and he has also led impact evaluations in Nepal. His current work focuses on welfare analysis and statistical capacity building in countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. His recent work in the region includes research on the impact of refugee influx on host communities and the factors that shape attitudes toward refugees. Dhiraj holds a PhD in applied economics from the Ohio State University.