Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University
Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She is a co-editor of American Economic Review: Insights.
Pande’s research is largely focused on how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and patterns of economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries. She is interested the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such change.
Her most recent work focuses on testing innovative ways to make the state more accountable to its citizens, such as strengthening women’s economic and political opportunities, ensuring that environmental regulations reduce harmful emissions, and providing citizens effective means to voice their demand for state services.
In 2018, Pande received the Carolyn Bell Shaw Award from the American Economic Association for promoting the success of women in the economics profession. She is the co-chair of the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Board member of Bureau of Research on Economic Development (BREAD) and a former co-editor of The Review of Economics and Statistics. Before coming to Yale, Pande was the Rafik Harriri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, where she co-founded Evidence for Policy Design.
Pande received a PhD in economics from London School of Economics, a BA/MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a BA in Economics from Delhi University.
Recent work by Rohini Pande
When voters receive payments, politicians are given greater leniency, and in turn steal more
Councilors who thought performance reports would be published before an election invested more in infrastructure, with positive impacts on re-election
Previous estimates of returns to microfinance for women are low partly because they often use it to invest in businesses that are not their own
Providing poor Indian women with more control of their potential wages increased labour force participation and led to more progressive gender norms
A series of experiments in India provide insights into ways microfinance can be refined to strengthen its impact for the world’s poorest women
How can we combat the increasing trend of extreme poverty not being confined to low-income countries, but also affecting middle-income ones?