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 piece on counterview.com.

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 grants and loans as much as male-operated businesses.

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 and increase life expectancy. The findings of the study are explored in this vox.com article.

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.