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. Her research focusses on gender, environmental regulation and state capacity and accountability.

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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Ending Global Poverty: Why Money Isn't Enough, (with Lucy Page), Journal of Economic Perspectives: 2018, 32(4): 173-200

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.


Latest Media & Popular Writing

A Tough Call: Understanding barriers to and impacts of women's mobile phone adoption in India, with Giorgia Barboni, Erica Field, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, and Charity Troyer Moore, October 2018
How India Can Use Better Data and Regulations to Stop Industries from Choking its Cities, with Michael Greenstone, Anant Sudarshan, and Santosh Harish, The Indian Express, August 13, 2018.
What Happens When Investments Targeting Women's Microbusinesses go to Men?, with Arielle Bernhardt, Erica Field, and Natalia Rigol, Ideas for India, May 2, 2018.

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