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 Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy 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.

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August 13, 2018
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Male Social Status and Women's Work (with Bernhardt A, Field E, Rigol N, Schaner S, Troyer-Moore C) AEA: Papers and Proceedings, 2018. 108: 363-67.

Why are Indian Children so Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference (with Seema Jayachandran) American Economic Review: 2017, 107(9): 2600-2629.

"E-governance, Accountability, and Leakage in Public Programs: Experimental Evidence from a Financial Management Reform in India" (with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Clement Imbert, Santhosh Mathew) Working paper August 31, 2017.


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