Rohini Pande recognized by the Infosys Science Foundation for research "of great value to all emerging economies"
January 10, 2023
Rohini Pande has been awarded the 2022 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences, among the largest awards in India recognizing excellence in science and research. The award ceremony was held in Bangalore on January 7, 2023
Pande is Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics, Director of the Economic Growth Center (EGC), and Director of Inclusion Economics at Yale University. EGC now has two faculty members who have won the Infosys Prize: Kaivan Munshi was a winner in 2016.
According to the citation, the prize was awarded to Pande, “for her outstanding research on subjects of key importance, including governance and accountability, women’s empowerment, the role of credit in the lives of the poor, and the environment. Her empirical findings, based on diverse methodologies, offer major promise and potential for policy design in emerging economies, including India.” Read the full citation below.
In the press conference announcing the prize on November 15, 2022, Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics at Cornell University and former Chief Economist of the World Bank who served as Jury Chair, said, “Rohini’s creativity, grit, and prolific research output are not only of great value to all emerging economies, including India, but an inspiration for young economists venturing into the exciting world of research.”
The Infosys Prize is awarded annually since 2008 by the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization set up by Infosys, an Indian multinational information technology company that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services
According to the Infosys Science Foundation website, the prize “endeavors to elevate the prestige of science and research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in research.” An Infosys Prize is also given in five other fields: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.
During the January 7 ceremony, Kris Gopalakrishnan, President of the foundation, said: “The Infosys Science Foundation has instituted the Infosys Prize to highlight the importance of scientific research for the development of India and the world.” The honor includes a gold medallion and the equivalent of $100,000 USD in Rupees.