India’s gender gap in mobile phone usage is fourth highest in world

According to a new Harvard Kennedy School study—with Harvard Pop Center faculty member Rohini Pande and recent Harvard Bell Fellow Natalia Rigol among its authors—men in India are 33 percentage points more likely than women to own a cell phone, on average. Learn how this imbalance can influence other forms of inequalities in this news … Continue reading “India’s gender gap in mobile phone usage is fourth highest in world”

Women business owners in India & Sri Lanka commonly invest their microfinance loans & grants in male household member’s business enterprises

A recent working paper by Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Natalia Rigol, PhD, along with faculty member Rohini Pande, PhD, is the subject of this post on Ideas for India that offers some explanations as to why previous studies have shown that female-operated enterprises in India and Sri Lanka have not benefited from access to … Continue reading “Women business owners in India & Sri Lanka commonly invest their microfinance loans & grants in male household member’s business enterprises”

Cell phone gender gap in India and why it matters

In this piece on IndianXpress, Harvard Pop Center faculty member Rohini Pande, PhD, explains how the cell phone gender gap in India (33% of women use cell phones compared to 77% of men) can negatively impact women economically by limiting access to: job opportunities; information regarding best prices for market goods; and mobile money.

Gender norms at play in weakening female labor-force participation in India; gender quotas & training may help

Harvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee and faculty member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that explores why female labor-force participation is down in India despite economic growth, increasing educational attainment for girls, and decreased fertility rates.

Why are Indian children so short? Pande’s research makes news.

Harvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee Member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that explores the role that India’s culture of eldest son preference may play in stunting. The working paper has received media attention in the The Hindu, Quartz, and Scroll.in.

Air pollution in India reducing life expectancy for 660 million by 3.2 years

Rohini Pande, PhD, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design and Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is co-author of a special article published in Economic & Political Weekly that reveals the deadly impact of the air quality for 660 million residents in India, and outlines government policies that could help to reduce pollution … Continue reading “Air pollution in India reducing life expectancy for 660 million by 3.2 years”

Pande quoted in The Times of India article on high level of air pollution in Ludhiana

Rohini Pande, Ph.D., Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Pop Center faculty member, was quoted in this article in The Times of India on the health worries associated with the air pollution being twice as high in the city of Ludhiana as recommended by the World Health Organization.

Pande’s Oped in NYT on Pollution in India

Rohini Pande, Ph.D., Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and a Pop Center faculty member co-wrote an oped piece in the New York Times on pollution in India, drawing attention to health costs. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/opinion/indias-particulate-problem.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0