Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University
Gautam Rao is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in Economics in 2014.
His research tries to bring insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries. Recent projects include studying how improving sleep affects the economic outcomes of workers in India, how the endowment effect influences consumer demand for collateralized loans in Kenya, how research findings affect the beliefs and policy choices of mayors in Brazil, and how mixing rich and poor students in schools in India affects social preferences and behaviors.
He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a faculty affiliate at the The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL). He serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Political Economy. Together with Frank Schilbach and Heather Schofield, he helps run the Behavioral Development Lab in India
Recent work by Gautam Rao
Studies in the US point to significant productivity benefits from sleeping more, but does this apply to low-income workers in developing countries?
Can the burgeoning field of behavioural economics provide important insights into development issues?