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.


Latest Media

Getting India's women into the workforce: Time for a smart approach 
March 10, 2017
Ideas for India

For a house to become a home
January 30, 2017
The Indian Express 

Making Microfinance More Effective 
October 5, 2016
Harvard Buisiness Review



The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India” (with Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan) November 30, 2016. Appendix

"Why Are Indian Children So Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference" (with Seema Jayachandran) November 25, 2016. Revision Submitted to American Economic Review.

"On Her Account: Can Strengthening Women's Financial Control Boost Female Labor Supply?" (with Erica Field, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, Charity Troyer Moore) November 15, 2016.


In the News

India pulled 86% of its cash out of circulation. It's not going well.
November 29, 2016

95% of China's Power Plants Have Pollution Filters, In India, 10% Do 
November 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton, President of Women?  
November 7, 2016