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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Rema Hanna is the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East
Asia Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director 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 Cornell
Social Protection Programs in Developing Countries
For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
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." The Economic
Journal 126.591 (March 2016): 257-280.
Hanna, Rema, Esther Duflo, and Michael Greenstone. "Up in Smoke:
The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of
Improved Cooking Stoves." American Economic Review 8.1
(February 2016): 80-114.
Hanna, Rema, and Paulina Oliva. "Moving Up the Energy Ladder: The
Effect of an Increase in Economic Well-Being on the Fuel
Consumption Choices of the Poor in India." American Economic
Review 105.5 (May 2015): 242-246.
Hanna, Rema, and Paulina Oliva. "The Effect of Pollution on Labor
Supply: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Mexico City."
Journal of Public Economics 122 (February 2015): 68-79.
Hanna, Rema, and Benjamin Olken. "Strengthening Safety Nets for the
Poor." Jakarta Post, January 12, 2016.
Hanna, Rema, and Benjamin Olken. "Cash Transfers to Indonesia's
Poor Don't Discourage Work." Jakarta Globe, October 31,
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Jordan C. Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken,
and Sudarno Sumarto. "Contracting Out the Last-Mile of Service
Delivery: Subsidized Food Distribution in Indonesia." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP16-001, January 2016.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Gabriel Kreindler, and Benjamin A.
Olken. "Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient:
Evidence from Cash Transfer Programs Worldwide." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP15-076, December 2015.