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Big Bets on Proton Therapy Face Uncertain Future

Big Bets on Proton Therapy Face Uncertain Future

May 26, 2015

By Melinda Beck, Wall Street Journal

Insurers balk at expensive radiation treatment; can smaller machines turn the tide?

...Critics say the lower startup costs will mean more centers offering pricey, unproven treatment. “Now, we’ll have an even bigger problem on our hands,” said Amitabh Chandra, a professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Obamacare’s Big Gamble on Hospital Productivity

Obamacare’s Big Gamble on Hospital Productivity

May 25, 2015

By Austin Frakt - New York Times

...The acceptance of inevitably low health care productivity growth also troubles some economists. Amitabh Chandra, a Harvard economist, is one of them: “In Baumol’s view, as long as there is a steady stream of innovation in sectors others than health care — from cars to computers to everything on Amazon — we’ll be able to spend even more on health care, despite its jaundiced productivity growth. But if productivity in health care improves, too, then think about how much more health care we’ll be able to afford.”

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

April 16, 2015

By Shankar Vedantam - NPR

There's new research that shows that students desperately want to fit in with their peers. And if their peers are not motivated, this can affect the academic choices that students make... Leonardo Bursztyn at UCLA and Robert Jensen at the Wharton School, went into four low-income LA schools and offered 11th grade students access to free SAT prep courses.

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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Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

April 9, 2015

By Suvojit Chattopadhyay - Live Mint

In an experimental study, Rema Hanna (Harvard University) and Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania) reported on some lab experiments with senior university students in India designed to capture their propensity to cheat.

How Does Innovation Happen, in the Financial Inclusion Movement and Elsewhere?

How Does Innovation Happen, in the Financial Inclusion Movement and Elsewhere?

March 12, 2015

By V. McIntyre - Center for Financial Inclusion

Rohini Pande and her colleagues recently researched whether changing some features of a loan contract can alter its impact for the women who choose to take them up. Certain aspects of the classic microfinance loan contract, developed by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s and still prevalent today in South Asia, seem more conducive to some business activities than others.