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John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rema Hanna is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at
the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Evidence for
Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for
International Development, Harvard University. In addition, Hanna
is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic
Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and
Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate at the
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Her research focuses on two main themes. First, she has
concentrated on understanding how to improve the provision of
public services in developing countries, particularly for the very
poor. Her work in this area has ranged from testing models of
corruption and bureaucratic absenteeism in the field, to
understanding how discrimination affects disadvantaged minority
groups. Currently, she has been working on a series of field
projects to understand what types of individuals are selected to
receive social programs under different forms of targeting
mechanisms. Second, Hanna aims to understand the implications of
environmental policy on poor households in developing countries.
Her recent work includes measuring the effects of
improved air quality on labor market behavior, as well as assessing
the long-run effects of a smokeless cookstove on health and fuel
Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Hanna was an
assistant professor of public policy and economics at New York
University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and a B.S. from
For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Hanna, Rema N., and Leigh L. Linden. "Discrimination in Grading."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 4.4 (November
Alatas, Vivi, Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A. Olken, and
Julia Tobias. "Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment
in Indonesia." American Economic Review 102.4 (June 2012):
Duflo, Esther, Rema Hanna, and Stephen P. Ryan. "Incentives Work:
Getting Teachers to Come to School." American Economic
Review 102.4 (June 2012): 1241-1278.
- Book Chapters
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, and Sendhil Mullainathan.
"Corruption." The Handbook of Organizational Economics. Ed.
Robert Gibbons and John Roberts. Princeton University Press, 2012,
Greenstone, Michael, and Rema Hanna. "Has Environmental Regulation
Been Successful in India?" Ideas for India, July 2012.
Duflo, Esther, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna, and Radha Muthiah.
"Clean Cookstoves Must Be Rethought so They Actually Get Used in
Developing World." National Geographic NewsWatch, June 18,
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Alatas, Vivi, Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A. Olken,
Ririn Purnamasari, and Matthew Wai-Poi. "Does Elite Capture Matter?
Local Elites and Targeted Welfare Programs in Indonesia." HKS
Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-008, April 2013.
Arceo, Eva, Rema Hanna, and Paulina Oliva. "Does the Effect of
Pollution on Infant Mortality Differ Between Developing and
Developed Countries? Evidence from Mexico City." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP12-050, November 2012.
Hanna, Rema, Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Arun G. Chandrasekhar,
and Benjamin A. Olken. "Network Structure and the Aggregation of
Information: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series and CID Working Papers (RWP12-043 and
246), October 2012.
Hanna, Rema, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Joshua Schwartzstein.
"Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in
Farming." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series and CID Working
Papers (RWP12-044 and 245), October 2012.