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New Research Shows High Exit Rates, No Economic Gains from Housing Relocation Programs

January 9, 2017

new research paper, published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, is the first to examine the long-term impacts of slum-to-suburb housing relocation programs in a developing country.  “Moving to Opportunity or Isolation?” is co-authored by Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Andhra Pradesh Has Highest Number Of Working Women In India, Uttar Pradesh Lowest

Andhra Pradesh Has Highest Number Of Working Women In India, Uttar Pradesh Lowest

December 27, 2016

Women in India want to work but cannot or do not due to family responsibilities, lack of skills and social norms. If all women who expressed a desire to work did so, Female Labour Force Participation Rate in India would rise 21 percentage points (to 78%), according to a pilot survey of rural, below-poverty-line youth in areas around Bhopal, conducted by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard.

Tax Collection and Civil Society

Tax Collection and Civil Society

December 19, 2016

Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-FASID professor of international finance and development, who directs the Evidence for Policy Design program at the Harvard Kennedy School, has spent the last few years working with the government of Punjab (the most populous province in Pakistan, home to Lahore and more than 100 million people) to study that problem. 

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Follow-Up: A New Ending in Tale of Young Woman From Rural India

Follow-Up: A New Ending in Tale of Young Woman From Rural India

December 8, 2016

In this piece, The Times’s South Asia Bureau Chief, Ellen Barry, follows up on a report she wrote earlier this fall about efforts in India to place poor young rural women in minimum-wage manufacturing jobs. According to a survey of trainees by a team of economists from Harvard’s Kennedy School, 80 percent of the young women placed by the government program said they liked their jobs.

Delhi's air pollution: What China got right and where we fall behind

Delhi's air pollution: What China got right and where we fall behind

November 21, 2016

Delhi’s smog may have made national headlines in early November 2016–when air-quality levels exceeded by 40 times safe limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO)–and subsequently receded from public attention. But as IndiaSpend was interviewing Pallavi Aiyer, author of ‘Choked’, a new book that investigates Delhi and India’s air-pollution crisis, the air was unhealthy or worse in the majority of 17 cities where our sensors are installed.

‘95% Of China’s Power Plants Have Pollution Filters, In India, 10% Do’

‘95% Of China’s Power Plants Have Pollution Filters, In India, 10% Do’

November 21, 2016

Aiyer, a journalist who’s lived and reported from some of the most polluted cities in the world, including Beijing and Jakarta, argues that many countries have been in India’s situation, and India would do well to learn from their experiences.
Data analysis by Eric Dodge & Rohini Pande at the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Your inflexible friend

Your inflexible friend

October 8, 2016

An experiment in Kolkata by two American researchers, Erica Field and Rohini Pande, found that offering borrowers a grace period of just two months at the beginning of a microloan doubled the rate at which new businesses were created. Borrowers were able to take bigger risks, which brought bigger rewards on average. After three years business profits were 41% higher and household incomes were up by 19.5%. If microlending could routinely deliver results like that, it would still be the height of fashion.