EPoD India at IFMR was a program founded in 2013 to conduct research-policy engagements in India and Nepal using theory, economic frameworks, and evidence to design more effective policies that work for all citizens, and build capacity to implement them.
The program was a joint effort by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School and the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India. In 2019, the Harvard-based work linked to EPoD India transitioned to Yale University. The team in India continues to be a part of IFMR Society with strategic oversight from Krea University, and in 2020 it was formally renamed Inclusion Economics India Centre. The team in India is now affiliated with Inclusion Economics Yale, a policy-engaged research initiative promoting inclusive institutions, economies, and societies. To learn more about how the work of EPoD India continues through Inclusion Economics, please visit their website, ie.yale.edu.
This project is implemented by Inclusion Economics Yale in collaboration with Inclusion Economics India Centre at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) (formerly EPoD India at IFMR). Prior to the launch of Inclusion Economics Yale, the project was led by Prof. Rohini Pande at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School.
Providing a poor rural woman with her own bank account and training her in its use impacts more than just her balance.
Can Skill India level the playing field and connect young women to work?
Under a new constitution, Nepal has recently elected representatives to 753 local governments.
Phones are crucial to participating in the modern economy. Yet twice as many Indian men as women own one.
Indian cities are among the most polluted in the world. Improved information tools are key to understanding this problem.
How can data captured by government programs be put to use to help vulnerable citizens?
The pilot, a collaboration that includes EPoD, may serve as a model for the rest of India and the world.
EPoD researchers identify the leading causes of the mobile gender gap and propose directions for how to reduce it.
A new program can reduce pollution by leveraging information and providing it to both industry and the public.
Public disclosure of information can make a difference in plugging the information void.
Female entrepreneurs may invest in their husband's household business rather than their own.
Promoters of safer cookstoves have struggled to find the perfect balance of efficiency, price, and a user-friendly design that would drive widespread adoption.
In an interview with Melinda Gates, Rohini Pande describes her work on how access to financial services affects women's work lives.
Less than 25 per cent of women who went through the major skilling programme we studied held a job for three or more months after their programme