Rohini Pande

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy

Rohini Pande is the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University, and co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. She heads the Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development Group at Harvard Kennedy School and co-chairs the Political Economy and Government Group at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Her research examines how the design of democratic institutions and government regulation affects policy outcomes and citizen well-being, especially in South Asia. Her work emphasizes the use of real-world evidence to test economic models, often through large-scale field experiments in developing countries. She has worked extensively on electoral accountability mechanisms, political affirmative action for women and minorities and on the design and impact of financial access initiatives in low-income settings. Current projects include examinations of: information disclosures via politician report-cards; health and economic impacts of microfinance; the efficacy of environmental regulations in India; and the costs and benefits of an emissions trading market in India. Her research has been funded by NSF and private foundations. Pande received a Ph.D. in economics from London School of Economics, a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a BA in economics from Delhi University.

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