Rohini Pande

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy

Dr. Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University. She most recently served as the Rafik Hariri Professor of Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and prior to that as the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at HKS, and co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. She has lead the Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development Group at HKS and co-chaired the Political Economy and Government Group at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Dr. Pande’s research examines how the design of democratic institutions and government regulation affects policy outcomes and citizen well-being, especially in South Asia. Her work emphasises 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. Dr. Pande’s 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. In 2018, she received the Carolyn Bell Shaw Award from the American Economic Association for promoting the success of women in the economics profession.

Dr. 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.