Rohini Pande

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

April 9, 2016

By Rohini Pande, Jennifer Johnson, and Eric Dodge - IndiaSpend

India boasts superior rates of women serving in political office compared to other emerging economies: the nation just swore in its 16th female Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Yet it lags well behind its competitors in its rate of women’s labour force participation. There is surprisingly little data to answer why. But one reason stands out: women can’t get to work.

Asking the right question to get the right policy

Asking the right question to get the right policy

April 4, 2016

By Eric Dodge, Charity Troyer Moore, and Rohini Pande - Ideas for India

There is consensus in the development community on the importance of bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners; however, misaligned incentives underlie this gap. In this article, Pande, Moore and Dodge of Harvard Kennedy School, explain how bringing policymakers together with researchers to work more iteratively ensured that data from MGNREGA - the world’s largest public works programme - became accessible and relevant to those who use it.

Five Key Lessons About Women And Work In India

Five Key Lessons About Women And Work In India

March 8, 2016

By Rohini Pande, Charity Troyer Moore, and Jennifer Johnson - IndiaSpend

In the South Asian context, on International Women’s Day, our analysis of the state of women and work in India does not offer clear explanation. Countries often experience a dip in women’s labour-force participation as incomes rises and women drop out of low-paying menial work, usually in agriculture. But typically as the economy develops further and education levels rise, more and more women enter the labour force.

What is causing Delhi’s air pollution?

What is causing Delhi’s air pollution?

February 15, 2016

By Eric Dodge and Rohini Pande - Ideas For India

Several policies aimed at reducing Delhi’s air pollution have been implemented this winter, but what remains unclear is where the pollution comes from. This column takes stock of what we know about pollution sources and the portion contributed by each. It contends that good information systems are required to turn the critical convergence of public concern, policymaker attention, and academic contribution into a smart policy response.

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.