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2013

Cheating Students More Likely to Want Government Jobs, Study Finds
November, 2013—LA Times
Students who Cheat are Attracted to Politics
November, 2013—Slate
A new paper by Rema Hanna and Shing-Yi Wang of the University of Pennsylvania found that among university students in Bangalore, those who cheat on a simple laboratory game are more likely to want to work in the public sector.

Global Empowerment Meeting 2013: Asim Khwaja and David Yanagizawa-Drott on Shaping Beliefs and Culture (Video)
November, 2013—YouTube
EPoD's Asim Khwaja and David Yanagizawa-Drott, along with Nathan Nunn, led a panel discussion on the relationship between socio-economic development and cultural traits.

Political Protests Change Behavior, Says Study
October, 2013—Harvard Crimson
Why the Tea Party Protests Mattered
October, 2013—HKS News
In new research, EPoD's David Yanagizawa-Drott and co-authors estimate the political impact of Tea Party mobilization.

New Study Raises Questions about Conventional Microfinance Payment Plans
October, 2013—HKS News
A new paper published by Rohini Pande and others in the American Economic Review takes a new look at the design of microcredit products using experimental evidence from India.

India Cut Pollution By Not Letting Polluters Pay to be Audited 
October, 2013—E&E
Report Questions Auditors' Ethics
October, 2013—Financial Times
India Cut Pollution By Not Letting Polluters Pay to be Audited 
October, 2013—Quartz
Auditing the Auditors
October, 2013—HKS News
Coverage of new research by Rohini Pande and co-authors on how re-designing audit systems can reduce pollution. The research was carried out under the umbrella of Harvard's Sustainability Science Program.

Credit Worthy
October, 2013—HKS Magazine
Once the brightest idea in development economics, microcredit is under attack. But Rohini Pande, EPoD co-founder, is looking for ways to make this sector fulfill its original promise to the world's poorest women.

Healthcare Costs Will Continue to Grow at GDP +1.2 Percent for Foreseeable Future
September, 2013—Brookings
New research by EPoD's Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan Holmes with Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth predicts that current moderation in the growth rate of U.S. health care costs won't last.

Female Doctors Earn $50,000 Less than Male Doctors
September, 2013—Washington Post
In a new study, Amitabh Chandra and co-authors find a substantial gender gap in physician wages, after controlling for specialty, practice type, and hours worked.

Amitabh Chandra Weighs in on the Costs of Alzheimer's and Long-Term Care
September, 2013—Harvard Magazine
EPoD faculty affiliate Amitabh Chandra reflects on the growing costs of dementia and long-term care in the U.S., as well as the potential for scientific breakthroughs to reduce these costs.

You're Spending More on Your Health Benefits Than You Think
August, 2013—Washington Post
EPoD faculty affiliate Amitabh Chandra explains why workers bear a greater brunt of the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance than is often assumed.

Cynthia Kinney Joins HKS and EPoD as Visiting Scholar
August 8, 2013—HKS News
Cynthia Kinney is a visiting scholar at EPoD whose work focuses on how households in developing countries use financial products and informal insurance networks to finance investments, save, and cope with risk.

Designing Microfinance for the Borrower's Wellbeing
July 19, 2013—Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
Rohini Pande discusses research insights into how a small design change can reduce financial stress among microcredit clients.

Paying Auditors for Honest Appraisals
July 17, 2013—The Wall Street Journal
An experiment by Rohini Pande and colleagues in India's Gujarat State shows a way to realign interests and incentives.

Rema Hanna to Serve as Scientific Director at New J-PAL Office in Indonesia
July 10, 2013—HKS Communications
HKS Professor and EPoD faculty affiliate Rema Hanna, who has worked extensively in Indonesia, will serve as Scientific Director for region.

Rohini Pande on Governance at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Roundtable on Development (Video)
July 10, 2013—YouTube
Rohini Pande discusses the importance of evidence-based policy design in addressing corruption in developing countries.

Rema Hanna Introduces Indonesian President as J-PAL Launches New Southeast Asia Office
June 25-26, 2013—MIT News
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president, gave the keynote address at an event to launch J-PAL's new Southeast Asia Office.

Soft Information Can Speak Loudly When it Comes to Credit
June 5, 2013—HKS Communications
New research by Asim Khwaja and co-authors explores the promising potential for utilizing unconventional risk assessment methods when evaluating smaller borrowers.

EPoD Faculty Launch New Executive Education Program on Financial Inclusion Design
June, 2013
Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice, Harvard Kennedy School's newest Executive Education program, will explore frontier issues in finance for the poor and address challenges faced by both low and high-income countries.

Rohini Pande and Petia Topalova on Gender Quotas
June, 2013—Finance and Development
Rohini Pande and Petia Topalova summarize their research findings on gender quotas in India, highlighting the power of quotas to change both perceptions as well as real world outcomes for women and girls.

Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan Holmes on the Rising Costs of Post-Acute Care
May 6, 2013—HKS Communications
Amitabh Chandra, EPoD Research Fellow Jonathan Holmes, and Maurice Daltron assess the costs of post-acute healthcare in the US and potential savings through improved design of payment systems.

Amitabh Chandra on Controlling the Cost of Healthcare in the United States (Audio)
March 27, 2013—HKS PolicyCast
Amitabh Chandra gives his take on President Obama's signature healthcare law, three years after its passing. He discusses what needs to be done to reduce healthcare costs, both in government through Medicare and in the private sector, and describes what could happen if we don't.

Research by Rema Hanna: Air Quality Linked to Productivity
Winter, 2013—HKS Magazine
Research by Rema Hanna and Paulina Oliva provides evidence that air pollution has a direct effect on labor productivity, with important implications for environmental policy.

Research Brief: Geographic Isolation, Networks and Cooperation: Evidence from a Public Housing Experiment in India
Winter, 2013
The Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative profiles research by Rohini Pande, Sharon Barnhardt, and Erica Field studying the social and economic outcomes of a slum relocation program in Ahmedabad, India.

Rohini Pande Presents Microfinance Research
February 13, 2013—HKS Communications
At the Kennedy School Executive Dean's Coffee lecture series, Pande presents a framework for thinking about how research can enhance the impact of microfinance programs.

Empowering Women in India
January 10, 2013—New York Times
Nilanjana Roy profiles research by Rohini Pande and Esther Duflo in a piece highlighting the importance of political empowerment for making progress on gender equality in India.

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2012

Asim Khwaja on Decentralized Responses to Natural Disasters (Video)
November 7, 2012—YouTube
Asim Khwaja presented on a panel exploring the role of networks in development at the Center for International Development's Global Empowerment Meeting.

EPoD Delivers Training on Impact Evaluation
August 27-29, 2012
At a three-day training course in Bangok attended by policymakers and practitioners from two-dozen Asian countries, EPoD covers the why and how-to of impact evaluation.

Rema Hanna Contributes to Ideas for India
July 16, 2012—Ideas for India
Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone comment on the effectiveness of environmental regulations in India, how they can successfully reduce pollution, and the inherent tradeoffs.

Investing in Education in Pakistan
June 27, 2012—Daily Times
Asim Khwaja launches action research on how to best support private schools for the rural poor in Pakistan.

Up in Smoke
April 20, 2012—Boston Globe
Ed Glaeser reviews the evidence on the impact of improved cooking stoves on health, including recent research by Rema Hanna, Esther Duflo, and Michael Greenstone.

Rohini Pande's Keynote Address at the 2012 Emerging Markets Forum (Video)
April 17, 2012—YouTube
Rohini Pande discussed women in politics at an event hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

David Yanagizawa-Drott on Propaganda and Conflict (Video)
March 21, 2012—YouTube
There has long been anecdotal evidence that propaganda and mass media play a role in violence and conflicts. David Yanagizawa-Drott examines the connections in a recent study.

Simplifying the National Food Security Bill
March 12, 2012—The Hindu
In an open letter to Manmohan Singh, Rohini Pande and other development economists urge the Prime Minister to consider changes to the National Food Security Bill.

Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh
March 7, 2012—India Realtime, Wall Street Journal
Rupa Subramanya dissects the implications of Rohini Pande and Abhijit Banerjee's findings on voter ethnicization for state assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Lifting the Curtain on Corruption in Developing Countries
January 21, 2012—Vox
Rohini Pande and Ben Olken review new techniques for estimating the magnitude and costs of corruption.

The Right Way to Spend in Healthcare (Video)
January 19, 2012—TEDxCambridge
EPoD faculty affiliate Amitabh Chandra presents at TEDxCambridge.

2011

VIDEO: Innovation in India
December 20, 2011—BBC
Rema Hanna talks to Lesley Curwen about the effectiveness of India's environmental laws.   

Ill-Effects of Corruption
September 19, 2011—The Hindu Business Line
The Hindu Business Line covers a research review by Rohini Pande and Ben Olken on measures of corruption and policies to address it.

Making Environmental Audits Honest
August 5, 2011—The Indian Express
Rohini Pande and co-authors discuss how to improve the design of incentives for environmental auditors.

Systematic Review of Anti-corruption Policies
July 2011
Rema Hanna examines anti-corruption strategies in developing countries and finds that monitoring and incentive-based strategies can reduce corruption.

An Act of Commission on Emissions
May 2, 2011—The Indian Express
Rohini Pande and Michael Greenstone describe India's pilot emissions trading scheme, the first of its kind in the developing world.

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2010

Daring to Be Different—And Right 
December 22, 2010—The Indian Express
India's proposal at the Climate Change Conference in Cancun is a good move for the developing country, write Rohini Pande and Michael Greenstone.

Microcredit is Not the Enemy
December 13, 2010—Financial Times
Rohini Pande, Asim Khwaja, and co-authors discuss the problems and promise of microfinance in developing countries.

Help Microfinance, Don't Kill it
November 26, 2010—The Indian Express
Rohini Pande, Asim Khwaja, and co-authors provide cautionary advice in the wake of the microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh.

Towards an Emissions Trading Scheme for Air Pollutants in India
August 2010
Rohini Pande and co-authors contribute a discussion paper for India's Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Leading by Example
March 18, 2010—The Indian Express
Rohini Pande and Esther Duflo provide evidence in support of political reservations for women.

Monica Singhal on Informal Taxation (Video)
February 17, 2010—YouTube
EPoD faculty affiliate Monica Singhal talks about her research on informal taxation.

Responding to Disasters
January 20, 2010—Boston Globe
Asim Khwaja and Tahir Andrabi discuss how to improve the response to large-scale disasters like Haiti's earthquake, based on their experience creating a Web-based data portal for earthquake relief in Kashmir.

2009

Women in a Woeful World—Coming to Terms with Oppression
September/October 2009—Harvard Magazine
Rohini Pande reviews Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Do Teachers Discriminate Against Minorities in India?
September 1, 2009—Vox
Rema Hanna and Leigh Linden study whether discrimination exists in classrooms in India and find a discrimination gap in exam grades between minority and non-minority students.

The Madrasa Myth
June 2009—Foreign Policy
Asim Khwaja and co-authors discuss the emergence of high-quality, low-cost private schools in Pakistan and debunk common misperceptions about the role of Madrasas.

Acche Chuno?
April 21, 2009—Hindustan Times
Rohini Pande and co-authors outline how information can counteract identity politics in India.

Why Vote?
April 13, 2009—Hindustan Times
Rohini Pande and co-authors examine why Indians do—and do not—vote.

Is Caste the Future of Politics?
April 4, 2009—Hindustan Times
Rohini Pande and co-authors explore the implications of caste politics for India's Congress Party.

Can Political Affirmative Action for Women Reduce Gender Bias?
January 8, 2009—Vox
Rohini Pande and co-authors discuss how India's reservation policies, by increasing exposure to female leaders, help to reduce gender discrimination.

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2008

Impact of the Hajj
December 9, 2008—The Economist
The Economist explores research by Asim Khwaja, David Clingingsmith and Michael Kremer on how the Hajj shapes Muslims' attitudes.

Hajj Makes Muslims More Tolerant, Study Suggests
December 9, 2008—CNN
CNN outlines the findings of research by Asim Khwaja, David Clingingsmith and Michael Kremer on the impact of the Hajj.

Great Ideas, Great Minds—People's Empowerment
September 25, 2008—India Today
Rohini Pande and Alexandre Cirone on the potential for gender quotas to break down discrimination barriers.

Mecca and Moderation
May 20, 2008—International Herald Tribune
The findings of Asim Khwaja, David Clingingsmith and Michael Kremer show that the Hajj promotes religious tolerance and more favorable attitudes toward women.

The Pilgrim's Progressiveness
April 25, 2008—SLATE
Ray Fisman describes Kwhaja and co-authors' research on the Hajj.