EPoD India at IFMR

EPoD India at IFMR

EPoD is working to help build an effective state that works for all citizens.

Ishan Tankha

EPoD is working to help build an effective state that works for all citizens.

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.

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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.


A large-scale examination of the impacts of the expansion of financial services in southern India.


EPoD is collaborating with regulators in one of India’s most industrialized states to test regulatory innovations


What factors influence household decisions on using new technologies and can training improve outcomes?


A collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board opens up data on emissions to the public 


Research in Kolkata sheds light on the effect of flexible repayment terms for microfinance clients


When citizens are informed, how do electoral and policy outcomes change?

News|March 10, 2018

Raising India's stubbornly low rate of female labour force participation will require behavioral interventions that address social norms.

News|February 26, 2018

Pollution mapping study to understand its dynamics in the capital

News|February 23, 2018

A key challenge in India is to recruit and train a large rural labour force for mostly urban jobs. Skill India promises to do just that.

Article|February 16, 2018

The MGNREGS program can be a model to improve government fund flow in other sectors.

Article|January 12, 2018

What is driving India’s abnormally high gender gap in phone ownership? What can be done about it?

Article|December 30, 2017

Skills training programs are promising, but they fail to reach large numbers of women when the program design is inconsistent with ingrained social norms.

Article|December 22, 2017

A study by EPoD and IFMR shows just 33% of Indian women use mobile phones.

Article|November 26, 2017

The program is infusing transparency and accountability into the system.