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DEC Lecture Series: Poverty, State Capacity, and State Accountability

April 24, 2018 | 12:30 to 14:00 ET, 16:30 to 18:00 GMT
MC 13-121, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

  Featured Speaker
  (April 24, 2018)

  Rohini Pande

 Harvard University


Poverty, State Capacity, and State Accountability
Rohini Pande is the Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-directs the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Initiative. 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.

2018 DEC Lectures

VIEW THE REPLAY: Wednesday, January 31: Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, February 6: Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, March 13: Pinelopi Goldberg, Yale University

Tuesday, April 24: Rohini Pande, Harvard University

Monday, May 21: Oriana Bandiera, LSE

Monday, June 18: Rema Hanna, Harvard University

Monday, July 16: Dina Pomeranz, University of Zurich

Tuesday, September 11: Gita Gopinath, Harvard University


Tavneet Suri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Yale University

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

London School of Economics

Harvard University

University of Zurich

Harvard University