Bio

Gautam Rao isĀ an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Harvard. GautamĀ received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014, and spent a year as a post-doc at Microsoft Research before moving to Harvard. Gautam's research brings insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries. Recent projects include studying how mixing rich and poor students in schools in India affects social preferences and behaviors, how citizens are motivated to vote by social image concerns, how improving sleep among the urban poor in India changes economic and behavioral outcomes, and how providing mayors in Brazil with research findings affects their beliefs and policy choices. In addition to working in behavioral and development economics, he has secondary interests in political and labor economics.