Rohini Pande

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Rubenstein-318
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 46
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-384-5267
Email: Rohini_Pande@harvard.edu
Assistant
Amanda LaPorta (617-496-7374)
Rohini Pande

Profile

Rohini Pande is an economist, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Area Chair for Political and Economic Development, Co- Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) and Director of Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development Group at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. She is an Executive Committee member of the Bureau for Research on Economic Development (BREAD), co-chairs the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her research examines how the design of democratic institutions and government regulation affects policy outcomes and citizen well-being, especially in South Asia. Her work emphasizes the use of real-world evidence to test economic models, often through large-scale field experiments in developing countries. She has worked extensively on the design and impact of electoral accountability and transparency initiatives, financial access initiatives and environmental regulation in low-income settings. Current projects include examinations of: information disclosures via politician report-cards; health and economic impacts of microfinance; the efficacy of environmental regulations in India; and the costs and benefits of an emissions trading market in India. Her research has been funded by National Science Foundation and private foundations, and has been published in several journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Science. Pande received a Ph.D. in economics from London School of Economics, a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a BA in economics from Delhi University.

Rohini Pande also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program, "Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice," aimed primarily at professionals involved in the design and regulation of financial products and services for low-income populations.

Courses

Fall

  • PED-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

Spring

  • PED-102 Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design

Media Expertise

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Research

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
    • Duflo, Esther, Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, and Nicholas Ryan. "Truth-telling by Third-party Auditors and the Response of Polluting Firms: Experimental Evidence from India." Quarterly Journal of Economics 128.4 (2013): 1499–1545.
    • Duflo, Esther, Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, and Nicholas Ryan. "What Does Reputation Buy? Differentiation in a Market for Third-party Auditors." American Economic Review 103.3 (May 2013): 314-19.
    • Feigenberg, Benjamin, Erica Field, and Rohini Pande. "The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance." Review of Economic Studies 80.4 (April 2013): 1459-1483.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Pande, Rohini, and Petia Topalova. "Women In Charge." Finance & Development. June 2013.