Rohini Pande

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.

India's air pollution is so bad it's reducing life expectancy by 3.2 years

India's air pollution is so bad it's reducing life expectancy by 3.2 years

February 24, 2015

By Brad Plumer - Vox

"The loss of more than two billion life years is a substantial price to pay for air pollution," Rohini Pande, director of Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It is in India’s power to change this in cost effective ways that allow hundreds of millions of its citizens to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives."

Support for seven from president’s climate fund

Support for seven from president’s climate fund

February 11, 2015

By Colin Durrant - The Harvard Gazette

A collaborative research project in three Indian states led by Professor Rohini Pande and colleagues at the University of Chicago and Yale University is laying the foundation for improved monitoring and the possibility of tradable markets for particulate matter emissions from the industrial sector, which can have key climate co-benefits.

Gujarat’s Pollution Control authority adopts environmental audit reforms after impact study shows they reduce pollution

January 28, 2015

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Gujarat’s Pollution Control authority approved the reforms after collaborating with leading academics on a pilot experiment that showed more accurate audit reports and lower pollution emissions. 

The Youngest are Hungriest

The Youngest are Hungriest

August 8, 2014

By Rohini Pande - The New York Times

WHY are Indian children so short?
Over 40 percent of those 5 and under are stunted — meaning they are in the bottom 2 to 3 percent of the worldwide height distribution for their age and sex — and this rate has improved only modestly since the 1990s. Childhood malnutrition, which causes stunting, blights lives; millions will be permanently affected by poor health and cognitive deficits.