Amit Sharma

 Amit Sharma

Professor of Hospitality Management/Finance Director, Food Decisions Research Laboratory Faculty Fellow, Teaching and Learning with Technology Affiliate Faculty, Rock Ethics Institute Editor, ICHRIE Research Reports President, International CHRIE Vice President, iAHFME Faculty Fellow, Rock Ethics Institute Editor, ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports Vice President, ICHRIE

Contact Information

218 Mateer Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-4257


B.A., University of Delhi (India), Economics
Higher National Diploma, University College of Salford, Manchester(U.K.), Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management
Masters, Institut De Management Hotelier International (France)
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Interests

Cost-benefits of food decisions
Economic of hospitality and tourism industries
Reading compliance
Hospitality financial decisions

My research focuses on two issues: first, cost-benefit, and economics of food decisions, and the economic role of hospitality and tourism activity.

Our research in investigating the economics of food decisions involves the causes and consequences of food choices, particularly within foodservice environments. In particular, research projects focus on the economics of local food systems, food safety, and healthy eating among children, food spending among families, and food supply chain analysis. Food Decision Research Laboratory facilitates such inquiries. I am also interested in the ethical aspects of food access for children in schools.

Hospitality and tourism (HT) businesses are an important element of the global economy. I am interested in understanding how HT’s impact on local and national economies can be maximized through policy and development interventions.


Finance and Economics of Food Decisions

Selected Publications

Motta, V., & Sharma, A. (2016). Benefits and transaction costs of purchasing local foods in school districts. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 55, 81-87.

Moon, J., Sharma, A., Lee, W.S. (2016). Restaurant franchising and top management team. Service Business. [Accepted for Publication]. 

Sharma, A., & Radhakrishna, R. B. (2016). Consumer Knowledge and Attitudes towards Food Safety Practices: Implications for Consumer Education Programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. [Accepted for Publication]. 

Seo, K., Kim, E.E.K., & Sharma, A. (2016). Examining the determinants of long-term debt in the U.S. restaurant industry: Does CEO overconfidence affect debt maturity decisions. International Journal of Hospitality Management. [Accepted for Publication]. 

Sharma, A., Da Motta, V. E., Choi, J. G., & Altman, N. S. (2016). Economic production in hospitality and tourism industry: how do we compare to other services?. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28(5). 

Sharma, A., Moon, J., Baig, J. I., Choi, J. G., Seo, K., & Donatone, L. C. (2015). Cost– benefit framework for K-12 foodservice outsourcing decisions. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 45, 69-72. 

Sharma, A., van Hoof, H., & Pursel, B. (2014). An assessment of reading compliance decisions among undergraduate students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(4), 103-123. 

Lee, S., Seo, K., & Sharma, A. (2014). Corporate social responsibility and firm performance in the airline industry: The moderating role of oil prices. Tourism Management(38), 20-30. 

Seo, K., & Sharma, A. Does Executive Equity-Based Compensation Encourage Strategic Risk-Taking?: Examining the Effects of Equity-Based Compensation in the U.S. Restaurant Industry. International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 13(2), 76-101. 

Seo, K., & Sharma, A. (2014). CEO Overconfidence and the Effects of Equity-Based Compensation on Strategic Risk-Taking in the US Restaurant Industry. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research SAGE Publications, 1096348014561026. 

Courses Taught

HRIM 435 Hospitality Financial Management

HRIM 590 Economics of Hospitality and Tourism Industries

HRIM 590 Philosophy of Science

HRIM 590 Interdisciplinary Research in Hospitality