Nihar Shembavnekar Economist

Economics team

Nihar Shembavnekar joined the Health Foundation in February 2020 as an Economist.

Nihar works primarily on labour market issues in health and social care. His work contributes to supply-side analysis on a range of topics, including low paid staff in the health and care sectors and nurse supply modelling.

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Nihar worked as a labour market economist at HM Treasury, where he undertook research on minimum wage policy. He also has prior experience in quantitative and qualitative research at Ofgem and ICF Consulting. Nihar holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, where he also taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate economics modules, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Latest articles


Thinking local and global: exploring the UK’s reliance on international nurses and the impact of COVID-19

The unprecedented pressures caused by COVID-19 have highlighted the central importance of registered...


Even before COVID-19, high workforce turnover rates posed a major challenge for social care

Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High...


Going into COVID-19, the health and social care workforce faced concerning shortages

The NHS faces a workforce shortfall of over 115,000 full-time equivalent staff in England this year,...

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