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Dr. Tanvi Rao

Dr. Tanvi Rao is a Research Associate in the Health Division at IMPAQ International.

Expertise

Dr. Rao is an applied microeconomist with training and experience in quantitative research, econometric analysis, program evaluation and causal inference using experimental and quasi-experimental research methods. Specific research techniques in her toolkit include conducting and analyzing randomized controlled trials (RCTs), difference-in-differences analysis, propensity score matching, panel data methods and instrumental variables, among others. Her disciplinary expertise is primarily in the field of development economics, with topical applications in areas of health, nutrition, and education. She also has first-hand experience in designing survey instruments, conducting field research to collect primary data, and working with large secondary household survey datasets.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Rao worked as a research and teaching assistant at Cornell University. She was also a research scholar with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, a long-term research initiative housed at Cornell.

Education

Dr. Rao has a Ph.D. (2017) and M.S. (2013) in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Rao, T. & Pingali, P. (2018). The role of agriculture in women's nutrition: Empirical evidence from India. PloS one, 13(8). e0201115.

Previous Papers & Presentations

Pingali, P. & Rao, T. (2017). Understanding the multidimensional nature of the malnutrition problem in India. Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World: Challenges and Opportunities, 292.

Arndt, C., Barrett, C. B., Chonabayashi, S., Dillon, B. M., Harou, A., Lee, D. R., ... & Rao, T. (2013). Oil prices and East African food security: Understanding the links and effects on households. A Technical Report submitted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rao, T. (2016, June). Who Responds to Information? Experimental Evidence on Track-Specific Higher Education Decisions in India. Presentation at the United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Conference on Human Capital and Growth, Helsinki, Finland.

Rao, T. (2015, December). Does Information Shape Borrowing Intentions? Experimental Evidence on Track-Specific Higher Education Decisions in India. Presentation at the Annual Conference on Economic Growth & Development. Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India.

Rao, T. (2015, August). Understanding the multidimensional nature of the malnutrition problem in India. A Festschrift in Honor of Hans Binswanger at the International Conference for Agricultural Economics, Milan, Italy.

Rao, T. (2013, December). The Impact of a Community Health Worker on Childhood Immunization: Evidence from India's ‘ASHA’ Workers. Presentation at the Annual Conference on Economic Growth & Development. Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India.