Gautam Rao

J-PAL Affiliated Professor

Assistant Professor

Harvard University

Gautam Rao is an an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley. He is also 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.