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To cut Delhi's air pollution, pinpoint the source (Special to IANS)

To cut Delhi's air pollution, pinpoint the source (Special to IANS)

January 19, 2016

By Eric Dodge & Rohini Pande - Business Standard

This winter, Delhi's government and the judiciary have implemented several policies aimed at cutting the national capital's air pollution. The just-concluded odd-even scheme in the city required motorists to find alternative means of transportation every other day.

 To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

January 19, 2016

By Eric Dodge and Rohini Pande - India Spend

On some days the air may be clearer. But what remains hazy is where Delhi’s air pollution comes from. Over the years, multiple attempts to find out–-called source apportionment studies–have yielded contradictory results.

Yes, Delhi, it worked

Yes, Delhi, it worked

January 19, 2016

By Michael Greenstone, Santosh Harish, Anant Sudarshan, and Rohini Pande - The Indian Express

Delhi’s ambitious odd-even pilot experiment to reduce the number of cars on the road, and pollution in the air, has come to an end — at least for now. But the question remains: Was it successful?

What the Ground Reality of the Panchayati Raj Act in Rajasthan Could Mean for Haryana

What the Ground Reality of the Panchayati Raj Act in Rajasthan Could Mean for Haryana

December 16, 2015

By Atul Dev - The Caravan

Rohini Pande, a public policy professor at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, who has done research on the gram panchayats of Rajasthan, wrote in a New York Times article that the ordinance would cripple one of the key characteristics of a representative democracy: anyone’s ability to run for election, without regard to income, gender or social status.

Through November, Punjab Farm Fires Imperil Delhi’s Air

Through November, Punjab Farm Fires Imperil Delhi’s Air

November 24, 2015

By Rohini Pande and Anish Sugathan - IndiaSpend

The last month has seen a flurry of policy activism around crop-burning. On November 4 the National Government Tribunal directed Delhi and four adjacent states to ban crop burning and announced fines for offenders. But there was little thought paid to what it would take to make these policies implementable; it is clear that no state government has enough agents on the ground to chase down every fire.

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Making Government Work - Kennedy School Group Aids 13 Nations in Solving Political Problems

November 10, 2015

By Christina Pazzanese - Harvard Gazette

It starts with the best of intentions. When policymakers push a new strategy or program, they usually do so believing their efforts will solve a problem or improve some vital aspect of life for the community. But when the rubber meets the road, things don’t always go as planned, especially in the developing world where administrative capacity, along with access to information and training, is weak.

To get the right policy, ask the right question

To get the right policy, ask the right question

October 14, 2015

By Rohini Pande, Charity Moore, and Eric Dodge - Alliance for Useful Evidence

If the development community agrees on one thing, it is the need to “bridge the gap” between researchers and practitioners. If it agrees on a second thing, it’s that misaligned incentives underlie this gap. 

Without data no development (Ohne Daten keine Entwicklung)

Without data no development (Ohne Daten keine Entwicklung)

September 23, 2015

By Rohini Pande and Florian Blum - Zeit Online

(Translation summary from original article in German) Paying taxes in Pakistan is a difficult task as tax administrators are unable to assess how much tax refunds citizens are entitled to. This is because they lack the necessary data and IT infrastructure to correctly assess taxable incomes and taxes already paid. A fair system looks different.