Gautam Rao received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. He is at Microsoft Research New England until July 2015, when he joins the Economics Department at Harvard as an Assistant Professor. Gautam's research brings insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries. He likes data, and often collects it himself and generates it using field experiments. 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.
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