Anandi Mani

Anandi Mani

Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy

Anandi Mani is Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research interests are in the area of Development Economics, with a specific focus on issues related to the behavioural economics of poverty and social exclusion, gender issues and public good provision. She is a Research Affiliate at Ideas42, a think tank for behavioural economics at Harvard University, and 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. Professor Mani was a programme 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.

Faculty spotlight on Anandi Mani.


Selected 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, 29 August 2013

The Power of Political Voice:  Political Representation and Crimes against Women in India (with Lakshmi Iyer, Prachi Mishra and 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

Stigma, Discrimination and Self-Image: Evidence from Kolkata Brothels (with Sayantan Ghosal, Sandip Mitra, Smarajit Jana and Sanchari Roy), CAGE working paper
New York Times article that references this working paper

Cognitive Droughts (with Guilherme Lichand)

Just Deserts? An Experimental Approach to Understanding Attitudes to Redistribution (with Sharun Mukand and Daniel Sgroi)  

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