EPoD News

Closing India’s Implementation Gap on Pollution Control

Closing India’s Implementation Gap on Pollution Control

August 24, 2015

By Rohini Pande, Robert Rosenbaum, and Kevin Rowe - Fair Observer

In the course of two years, India has claimed from China the dubious distinction as the world’s most polluted country. Whether India deserves this title or not depends on how, when and where one chooses to measure pollution—questions that are often debated in the media. All this attention has increased awareness in India about the costs of air pollution, not least in New Delhi, where the country’s lawmakers breathe (what the BBC calls) the world’s most polluted air.

Why Aren’t India’s Women Working?

Why Aren’t India’s Women Working?

August 23, 2015

With Appendix

By Rohini Pande and Charity Troyer Moore - The New York Times

Usually, economic growth in lower-middle-income countries creates more jobs for women. But as India’s economy grew at an average of 7 percent between 2004 and 2011, its female labor force participation fell by seven percentage points, to 24 percent from 31 percent.

Dodgy fertiliser is keeping Uganda hungry

Dodgy fertiliser is keeping Uganda hungry

August 5, 2015

By Francisco Toro - The Guardian

For agricultural development practitioners, it’s one of the great unanswered questions: why has farm productivity in Africa lagged so far behind the rest of the developing world? A new study [by David Yanagizawa-Drott and others] suggests part of the reason is that the planting materials available to African farmers are just terrible.

Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty

Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty

July 20, 2015

By Rohini Pande and Florian Blum - The Washington Post

In September 2000, all United Nations member states agreed to adopt the Millennium Development Goals, eight targets to guide global development until 2015. It was an unprecedented global consensus about how to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Building State Capacity in Developing Countries

Building State Capacity in Developing Countries

July 16, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

From tax collection to redistribution policies, there are many fiscal challenges facing developing countries. Associate Professor Monica Singhal focuses much of her writing and research on these challenges.  Her current research agenda focuses on state capacity in developing countries – understanding the constraints these countries face when attempting to raise revenue and what types of policies may be effective (or not) in improving state fiscal capacity.

Counting Ramadan: The Economics of Religion

Counting Ramadan: The Economics of Religion

July 14, 2015

By Jitendra Prakash - Foreign Affairs

To understand how Ramadan affects the economy, Public Policy Professors Filipe Campante and David Yanagizawa-Drott at the Harvard Kennedy School examined over six decades of data.

In their paper, Campante and Yanagizawa-Drott establish that Ramadan has a negative economic impact. To determine cause and effect, rather than mere correlation, they exploit a unique variation in how Ramadan is practiced worldwide

Paper Clip: Mixing friendship and business can help

Paper Clip: Mixing friendship and business can help

July 7, 2015
By Erica Field, Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande, and Natalia Rigol - The Indian Express


Efforts to make low-income woman entrepreneurs in developing countries more successful through business training and counselling have yielded mixed results. Researchers have, therefore, looked for other factors that can impact the success of micro-enterprises. One such factor is peer interaction — but the evidence around peer effects at work has so far been limited.

Degrees of fakery

Degrees of fakery

July 4, 2015

By Amulya Gopalakrishnan - The Times of India

The government's argument assumes that low levels of education are the reason for corruption, rather than intent or opaque and discretion-laden processes. "The digital delivery of transactions, say for MGNREGA, could reduce the opportunity for corruption," says Rohini Pande, economist and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, who has extensively studied panchayati raj institutions.