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
Eve Margolis (617-496-7374)
Rohini Pande

Profile

Rohini Pande is an economist whose research examines the economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions in the developing world and the role of public policy in affecting change.

Pande is the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-directs the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Initiative (@EPoDHarvard). Her work  has examined how institutions - ranging from electoral to financial - can be designed to empower historically disadvantaged groups; how low-cost improvements in information collection and dissemination can enable flexible regulation and more efficient outcomes in areas as diverse as environmental protection and elections; and how biased social norms, unless challenged by public policy, can worsen individual well-being and reduce economic efficiency.

At Harvard Kennedy School, Pande is also the Area Chair for International Development. Her other current affiliations include Executive Committee member of the Bureau of Research on Economic Development (BREAD), co-chair of the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), board member at Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her publications have appeared in the top economics and policy journals.

Pande received a PhD in economics from London School of Economics, a Master's from Oxford University and BA in Economics from Delhi University.

Courses

Fall

  • PED-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

Media Expertise

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Pande, Rohini. "Long-Run Impacts of Land Regulation: Evidence from Tenancy Reform in India." Journal of Development Economics 118 (January 2016): 72-87.
    • Greenstone, Michael, Janhavi Nilekani, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Anish Sugathan. ""Lower Pollution, Longer Lives" Life Expectancy Gains if India Reduced Particulate Matter Pollution." Economic and Political Weekly L.8 (February 2015): 40-46.
    • Feigenberg, Benjamin, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Shayak Sarkar. "Do Group Dynamics Influence Social Capital Gains Among Microfinance Clients? Evidence From a Randomized Experiment in Urban India." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33.4 (Fall 2014): 932-949.
    • Lewis-Faupel, Sean, Yusuf Neggers, Benjamin A. Olken, and Rohini Pande. "Can Electronic Procurement Improve Infrastructure Provision? Evidence from Public Works in India and Indonesia." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 2016 8.3 (August 2016): 258-283.
    • Field, Erica, Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande, and Natalia Rigol. "Friendship at Work: Can Peer Effects Catalyze Female Entrepreneurship?" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8.2 (May 2016): 125-153.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Field, Erica, Abraham Holland, and Rohini Pande. "Microfinance: Points of Promise." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-036, September 2014.
    • Pande, Rohini, Dean Karlan, Jake Kendall, Rebecca Mann, Tavneet Suri, Jonathan Zinman. "Research and Impacts of Digital Financial Services." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-037, September 2016.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Greenstone, Michael, Janhavi Nilekani, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, and Anish Sugathan. "Lower Pollution, Longer Lives Life Expectancy Gains if India Reduced Particulate Matter Pollution." Economic and Political Weekly. February 21, 2015, 40-46.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Banerjee, Abhijit, Esther Duflo, Clement Imbert, Santhosh Mathew, and Rohini Pande. "Can E-governance Reduce Capture of Public Programmes? Experimental Evidence from India’s Employment Guarantee Scheme in Bihar." Impact Evaluation Report 31, July 2015.

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