Rohini Pande

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.

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.

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.

A Friend’s Support Can Make Women Better Entrepreneurs

A Friend’s Support Can Make Women Better Entrepreneurs

June 19, 2015

By Erica Field, Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande, and Natalia Rigol - Harvard Business Review

The people we choose to surround ourselves with often matter a great deal to our success — especially when we are trying to thrive as entrepreneurs. That’s because spending time alongside other motivated and successful people can have positive effects on our own success. 

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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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.