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



Why Are Indian Children So Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference. (with Seema Jayachandran) American Economic Review. Forthcoming.

"Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs" (with Arielle Bernhardt, Erica Field, and Natalia Rigol) April 17, 2017.

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


In the News

Money for her or for him? Unpacking the impact of capital infusions for female entreprises
May 3, 2017
The World Bank Development Impact

Rohini Pande: "We think we know what the poor want" 
May 1, 2017
El Nacional

On 'time poverty' 
March 29, 2017