Rohini Pande wins 2022 Infosys award for social science research

Yale economics professor Rohini Pande has won the Infosys 2022 Prize in Social Sciences.

She receives the award for her research on economic policy across an array of different areas including: governance and accountability, women’s empowerment, the role of credit in the lives of the poor, and the environment.

The Infosys prize is one of the largest awards in India recognizing excellence in science and research. Each honoree receives a gold medallion and $100,000.

Pande is Henry J. Heinz II professor of economics at Yale University, and is director of that institution’s Economic Growth Center. Her research focuses on the economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions and the role of public policy in affecting change.

Prior to working at Yale, she was a professor of international political economy and public policy at Harvard University. Pande serves on the board of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Commenting on the award, Infosys prize jury chair Kaushik Basu and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, said: “Rohini’s creativity, grit, and prolific research output are not only of great value to all emerging economies, including India, but an inspiration for young economists venturing into the exciting world of research.”