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Rohini Pande (Harvard University), "Women and Work in India"
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.
Rohini Pande is the Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director for the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Initiative. Her work examines 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.
This event is cosponsored by Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Center on Global Poverty and Development and Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences.