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Our affiliates are engaged with public and private in-country partners to design and test policies that improve the lives of the poor. more >

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EPoD faculty have published in academic journals, contributing knowledge to school reform, health policy, gender quotas and the environment. more >

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We teach the Smart Policy Design process and impact evaluation to policymakers, practitioners, and Harvard students. more >

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Smart Policy Design
Approaching Policy Formulation & Implementation as a Design Challenge
EPoD Smart Policy Design

Identify pressing policy problems
Diagnose underlying causes
Design feasible policy solutions based on theory & evidence
Implement and Test solutions with rigorous evaluation
Refine solutions with continuous monitoring & feedback



Make the polluter pay

Make the polluter pay

April 13, 2015

By Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan and Anant Sudarshan - The Indian Express

London was once known as “the big smoke”. Osaka, Japan, was the “smoke capital.” Los Angeles was the “smog capital of the world”. And most recently, Beijing gained notice as a major pollution capital. While cities are hotbeds for vibrant culture, economic activity and growth, they too often become air pollution capitals during times of rapid development. Delhi, like many of India’s cities, is no different.

‘Preference for sons’ could help unlock India’s nutrition puzzle

‘Preference for sons’ could help unlock India’s nutrition puzzle

April 9, 2015

By RUKMINI S. - The Hindu

Seema Jayachandran, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics of Northwestern University, and Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, analysed data for over 1.7 lakh Indian and sub-Saharan African children...They found that first-born Indian boys are taller than their sub-Saharan counterparts, but the height disadvantage begins to appear and grow sharper for their younger brothers.

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