Rohini Pande

Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics

Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University. Her research examines how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries, and the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power. In particular, she is interested in how notions of economic and political justice, and of fundamental human rights, can help justify and enable such change. Her current work is focused on testing innovative ways to make the developing state more accountable to its citizens, such as strengthening women’s economic and political opportunities, ensuring that environmental regulations work as intended, and providing citizens eff ective means to register their demand for state services. In 2018, she received the Carolyn Bell Shaw Award from the American Economic Association for promoting the success of women in the economics profession. Professor Pande comes to Yale from the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and B.A./M.A. at Delhi University and Oxford University.