Shari Eli is an associate professor of economics at the University of Toronto and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her fields of research are economic history, health economics and demography. One section of her research explores the ways in which individuals of low socioeconomic status used cash transfers to improve their health status over the course of the lifecycle. Another section explores the intergenerational persistence of welfare receipt as well as the relationship between social assistance and marriage decisions. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, the Financial Post and the CBC, among other outlets, and she has publications in academic journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic History and Journal of Economic Literature. The National Institutes of Health, Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Social Science Humanities and Research Council have awarded grants to fund her research.
She received her Ph.D. in economics from U.C. Berkeley in 2011 and has been on faculty at the University of Toronto ever since.