Found 45 article(s) for author 'Rohini Pande'

In Indian Villages, the Power of a Powerful Woman

In Indian Villages, the Power of a Powerful Woman. Rohini Pande, January 14, 2015, Opinion. “There are two key requirements for a truly representative democracy: First, that anyone of good character can run for election, without regard to income, gender or social status; and second, that voters determine which qualities are most important in those they elect. The Indian state of Rajasthan has struck a blow against both of these freedoms. Last month, the governor issued an executive order barring citizens with less than eight years of formal education from running for election for village council head. The rationale was to…” Link

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Do Group Dynamics Influence Social Capital Gains Among Microfinance Clients? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Urban India

Do Group Dynamics Influence Social Capital Gains Among Microfinance Clients? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Urban India. Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Fall 2014, Paper. “As an intrinsic part of the classic microfinance model, group meetings are intended to employ social capital to ensure timely repayment. Recent research suggests that more frequent meetings can increase social capital among first-time clients. Using randomized variation in group meeting frequency for 174 microfinance groups in India, we demonstrate that social capital gains associated with more frequent meetings…” Link

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The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India

The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India. Rohini Pande, September 30, 2014, Paper. “In collaboration with a state environmental regulator in India, we conducted a field experiment to raise the frequency of environmental inspections to the prescribed minimum for a random set of industrial plants. The treatment was successful when judged by process measures, as treatment plants, relative to the control group, were more than twice as likely to be inspected and to be cited for violating pollution standards. Yet the treatment was weaker for more consequential outcomes…Link Verified October 16, 2014

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Microfinance: Points of Promise

Microfinance: Points of Promise. Rohini Pande. September 29, 2014. Paper. “A majority of the world’s impoverished lack adequate access to financial services.Typically, formal banks do not target the poor because lending without collateral is considered too risky. Poor households seeking credit are subsequently forced into informal markets where the prices are high, the quantities limited, and the methods of insuring repayment can be brutal…” Link

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The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance.

The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance. Rohini Pande, April 2013, Paper. “Microfinance clients were randomly assigned to repayment groups that met either weekly or monthly during their first loan cycle, and then graduated to identical meeting frequency for their second loan. Long-run survey data and a follow-up public goods experiment reveal that clients initially assigned to weekly groups interact more often and exhibit a higher willingness to pool risk with group members from their first loan cycle nearly 2 years after the experiment…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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Does the Classic Microfinance Model Discourage Entrepreneurship among the Poor? Experimental Evidence from India.

Does the Classic Microfinance Model Discourage Entrepreneurship among the Poor? Experimental Evidence from India. Rohini Pande, October 2013, Paper. “Do the repayment requirements of the classic microfinance contract inhibit investment in high-return but illiquid business opportunities among the poor? Using a field experiment, we compare the classic contract which requires that repayment begin immediately after loan disbursement to a contract that includes a two-month grace period. The provision of a grace period increased short-run business investment and long-run profits but also default rates…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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Choice Not Genes

Choice Not Genes – Probable Cause for the India-Africa Child Height Gap. Rohini Pande, August 24, 2013, Article. “In his article, “Does India Really Suffer from Worse Child Malnutrition Than Sub-Saharan Africa?”, Arvind Pana- gariya makes an impassioned case against accepting traditional measures that indi- cate that Indian children suffer from worse malnutrition than their African counter- parts. This phenomenon – that Indian chil- dren are more stunted despite the coun- try’s better performance on an array of other health and development indicators – was dubbed the ‘South Asian Enigma’ in an article by Ramalingaswami et al in 1996…” Link

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Roundtable on Development: poverty, corruption, fragmentation and conflict

Roundtable on Development: poverty, corruption, fragmentation and conflict. Rohini Pande, July 13, 2013, Audio. “The Barcelona GSE Summer Forum is a series of independent workshops and policy events that cover the main fields of Economics. The objective of the Summer Forum is to bring top researchers from around the globe to Barcelona to debate the present and future of the frontier of knowledge in Economics…”  Link 

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Women In Charge

Women In Charge Rohini Pande, June 2013, Opinion. “A policy experiment in India suggests that placing female leaders in positions of power can dramatically change public attitudes…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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Women in Charge

Women in Charge. Rohini Pande, June 2013, Paper. In her opening address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, Aung San Suu Kyi said: ‘There is an outmoded Burmese proverb still recited by men who wish to deny that women too can play a part in bringing necessary change and progress to their society: ‘The dawn rises only when the rooster crows.’ But Burmese people today are well aware of the scientific reasons behind the rising of dawn and the falling of dusk. And the intelligent rooster surely realizes that it is because dawn comes that it crows and not the other way round.’ The Conference resulted in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, compelling governments to enact legislation to include women at all levels of power and decision making, including parliaments…” Link

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