Gautam Rao, PhD

Gautam Rao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
Harvard Title

Associate Professor of Economics


Department of Economics
Littauer Center M-30, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138


“Self-Control and Demand for Preventive Care: Evidence from Hypertension in India” with Liang Bai, Benjamin Handel and Edward Miguel

Review of Economics and Statistics, Accepted.


“Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt: Generosity, Discrimination and Diversity in Delhi Schools” American Economic Review, 2019.
Winner of the 2016 CESIfo Award for Best Paper in Behavioral Economics

“Status Goods: Experimental Evidence from Platinum Credit Cards in Indonesia” with Leonardo Bursztyn, Bruno Ferman, Stefano Fiorin, and Martin Kanz.

Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2018.

“Voting to Tell Others”
with Stefano DellaVigna, John List and Ulrike Malmendier. Review of Economic Studies, January 2017.

“The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Social Preferences” with Stefano DellaVigna, John List and Ulrike Malmendier,
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2013.


“Poverty, Depression and Anxiety: Causal Evidence and Mechanisms” with Matthew Ridley, Frank Schilbach and Vikram Patel
(Revise and Resubmit, Science)

“How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities” with Jonas Hjort, Diana Moreira and Juan Francisco Santini
(Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review)

“The Economic Consequences of Increasing Sleep Among the Urban Poor” with Frank Schilbach, Heather Schofield, Mattie Toma and Pedro Tepedino (Revise and Resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics)

“Estimating Social Preferences and Gift Exchange at Work” with Stefano DellaVigna, John List and Ulrike Malmendier (Reject and Resubmit, American Economic Review)

“The Endowment Effect and Collateralized Loans”
with Kevin Carney, Michael Kremer and Xinyue Lin

(draft available upon request)

“The Economic Consequences of Depression”
with Frank Schilbach, Pierre-Luc Vautrey, Johannes Haushofer and Jon de Quidt

(work in progress)

“The Long-Run Effects of Corporal Punishment in Schools” with Maria Petrova and Brian Wheaton
(work in progress)