Rohini Pande | Women and Work in India

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies

A talk by Political Economist, Prof. Rohini Pande.

Talk Abstract
Sustained high economic growth since the early 1990s has brought significant change to the lives of Indian women, and yet female labor force participation has stagnated at under 30%, and recent labor surveys even suggest some decline since 2005. What role has the changing nature of job opportunities and social norms played, and how can public policy better help Indian women to participate in labor markets and, more broadly, benefit from India’s economic growth? This talk will use a combination of descriptive evidence and findings from field experiments to identify possible policy avenues.

Speaker Bio
Rohini Pande is an economist whose research examines the economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions in the developing world and the role of public policy in affecting change. Her research focusses on gender, environmental regulation and state capacity and accountability.

Pande is the Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-directs the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Initiative (@EPoDHarvard). Her work has examined how institutions - ranging from electoral to financial - can be designed to empower historically disadvantaged groups; how low-cost improvements in information collection and dissemination can enable flexible regulation and more efficient outcomes in areas as diverse as environmental protection and elections; and how biased social norms, unless challenged by public policy, can worsen individual well-being and reduce economic efficiency.

At Harvard Kennedy School, Pande is also the Area Chair for International Development and teaches in the MPA/ID program. Her other current affiliations include Executive Committee member of the Bureau of Research on Economic Development (BREAD), co-chair of the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), board member at Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her publications have appeared in the top economics and policy journals.

Pande received a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics, a Master's from Oxford University and BA in Economics from Delhi University.

Read more about Prof. Pande at her HOME PAGE.

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Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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