J-PAL Affiliated Professor
Gautam Rao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research seeks to bring insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries.
Gautam’s projects include studying how mixing rich and poor students in schools in India affects social preferences and behaviors, how citizens are motivated to vote by social image concerns, and how innovative financial contracts can help patients with hypertension overcome their self-control problems in rural India.
Gautam received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.