Anandi Mani

Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy

Dr. Anandi Mani is Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at BSG. Her research interests are in the area of Development Economics, with a specific focus on issues related to the behavioral economics of poverty and social exclusion, gender issues and public good provision. She is a Research Affiliate at Ideas42, a think tank for Behavioral Economics at Harvard University a Fellow at the centre for Comparative Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick. Her recent work has been published in prominent economics journals and has also featured in leading newspapers including the New York Times and the Guardian as well as the BBC.  Prof. Mani was a program participant at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos and is a member of the Forum's Global Council on the Future of Behavioral Sciences.

Publications

Poverty and Aspirations Failure (with Patricio Dalton and Sayantan Ghosal), Economic Journal, February 2016

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function (with Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir and Jiaying Zhao), Science, August 29 2013

The Power of Political Voice:  Political Representation and Crimes against Women in India(with Lakshmi Iyer, Prachi Mishra, & Petia Topalova --  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2012

     Interview with the New York Times

Traveling Agents? Political Change and Bureaucratic Turnover in India (with Lakshmi Iyer) Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2012

‘Poverty’, International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, Thompson Press, 2008

Democracy, Visibility and Public Good Provision (with Sharun Mukand); Journal of Development Economics, June 2007

Choosing the Right Pond: Social Approval and Occupational Choice  (with Charles Mullin); Journal of Labor Economics, October 2004

Politics, Information and the Urban Bias (with Sumon Majumdar and Sharun Mukand); Journal of Development Economics, October 2004

Income Distribution, Learning by Doing and Comparative Advantage (with Jinyoung Hwang) Review of Development Economics, August 2004

Income Distribution and the Demand Constraint -- Journal of Economic Growth,  June 2001

Working Papers

Sex Workers, Stigma and Self-Belief:  Evidence from Kolkata Brothels (with Sayantan Ghosal, Sandip Mitra, Smarajit Jana and Sanchari Roy), CAGE Working paper

Cognitive Droughts (with Guilherme Lichand)

The Deserving Rich and the Lazy Poor: Behavioral foundations of Preferences for Redistribution (with Sharun Mukand and Daniel Sgroi) -- coming soon!

The Road not Taken: Gender gaps along Paths to Political Power (with Lakshmi Iyer) -- coming soon! 

BSG's Anandi Mani writes about social change
New York Times - Thursday, 2 June, 2016