Rema Hanna

New Research: Potential Gains of Privatizing Rice Delivery

New Research: Potential Gains of Privatizing Rice Delivery

January 13, 2016

By Katie Gibson - Harvard Kennedy School

When governments provide public services to their citizens, the question of who should handle service delivery—the government itself, or private contractors—often arises. A new working paper co-authored by Rema Hanna, the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), examines the possible benefits of contracting out the delivery of government-subsidized rice to private citizens in Indonesia.

Strengthening safety nets for the poor

Strengthening safety nets for the poor

January 12, 2016

By Rema Hannah and Benjamin Olken - The Jakarta Post

Anti poverty programs — “safety nets” — provide poor households with essential help, from cash support to subsidized food and insurance. In addition to the ethical rationale for these programs, rigorous research has shown that they can also improve important social outcomes: boosting education for poor kids, improving health and reducing crime. Yet these programs are the subject of passionate debates, often based more on rhetoric than reason.

Cash Transfers to Indonesia's Poor Don't Discourage Work

Cash Transfers to Indonesia's Poor Don't Discourage Work

October 31, 2015

By Rema Hanna and Benjamin Olken - Jakarta Globe 

Around the world, there are often contentious debates on whether or not to provide social safety net programs to the poor. Critics often paint a portrait of the poor as lazy, refusing to work in order to receive government handouts, wasting valuable tax-payer funds on for example alcohol and cigarettes, rather than feeding and clothing children.

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

October 29, 2015

By Marc Gunther - The Washington Post

The best cookstoves burning clean fuels won’t protect poor families from disease if those who use them continue to cook over open fires as well — which many do. “They’re not the big solution, unfortunately, that we thought they were going to be,” says Rema Hanna, a Harvard economist who led “Up in Smoke,” the most extensive field study to date on this subject. 

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

June 15, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

On the macro level, developing countries have historically burned so-called “dirty” fuels to grow their economics, but then subsequently spearheaded efforts to burn cleaner fuels – both to help clean up their own air, and to align with international norms for combating global climate change.

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.

Washington consensus on HFCs: US President Barack Obama and two Indian Prime Ministers agree on the road ahead

Washington consensus on HFCs: US President Barack Obama and two Indian Prime Ministers agree on the road ahead

October 6, 2014

By Jairam Ramesh - Live Mint

It is unlikely that those at the helm of affairs would read the American Economic Review, the most prestigious publication of the economics profession. This is a pity because in a very recent issue, Michael Greenstone of the University of Chicago and Rema Hanna of Harvard University have published the most detailed analysis ever of the impacts of key air and water pollution control regulations in India.

Q & A: Air quality linked to productivity

Q & A: Air quality linked to productivity

December 1, 2013

HKS Magazine
By Sarah Abrams
Two years ago, Rema Hanna, associate professor of public policy, and Paulina Oliva of the University of California, Santa Barbara, began a study looking at the relationship between air quality and worker absenteeism in Mexico City. The results of their study, Hanna believes, will help inform discussions around the world concerning air quality regulation. She talks about her research below.

Q What made you decide to look at this particular issue?