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Sharon Poczter

Sharon L. Poczter is a professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the Cornell College of Business. An award-winning teacher and researcher, she studies the issues facing firms, primarily in emerging markets.

Poczter's work is guided by the belief that business will solve the world's most pressing issues and that a critical mass of people can never be lifted out of poverty without a well-functioning private sector. Thus, her work is motivated by understanding how companies can thrive where institutions are not well-developed, particularly as it relates to access to financing. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and garnered research awards at major conferences.

In her public work, Poczter is interested in uncovering the fallacies told to the general public regarding economics, policy, and social issues, using a truly independent lens based on economics. She exposes these fallacies in her nationally syndicated columns, which are featured in The Hill, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, and Fox News, among other outlets. She has also commented on economic issues on major international and national radio and television programs, including several programs on Bloomberg Radio, Voice of America, and Fox News.

Poczter is a leading voice in the public conversation on women's leadership. Her economic take on a woman's choice to work was featured in Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and she frequently writes and talks about this issue publicly.

A Cornell graduate herself, Poczter received her BS from the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. She also received her MA and PhD in business and public policy from the University of California Berkeley.

"There is nothing more important to me than educating others. The best part of my career has, and always will be, working with students. I believe my contribution to society is helping students become more adept at critical thinking and see the world through the unbiased lens of economics. Seeing my students get excited about business and motivated by the opportunity available to them in the business world and their ability to succeed is unbelievably rewarding." —Sharon Poczter