Gautam Rao

Harvard University

Gautam Rao is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Harvard. Gautam received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014, and spent a year as a post-doc at Microsoft Research before moving to Harvard. Gautam's research brings insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries.

Recent 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. In addition to working in behavioral and development economics, he has secondary interests in political and labor economics.

Research Grant Projects

This project uses a randomized controlled experiment to test the role of behavioural factors in the high take-up rates and subsequent high repayments for asset-collateralized loans.