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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Dr. Tanvi Rao

Tanvi Rao completed her PhD in applied economics and management at Cornell University in June 2017. Her primary research interests were in the field of development economics and applied econometrics. As a TCI scholar, she studied the demand for different types of higher (post-secondary) education in India. She conducted a primary survey of 12th-grade students across 10 public colleges spanning urban and rural areas in the East Indian state of Jharkhand. Her research identified students who are constrained in their ability to borrow for enrolling in different education tracks and experimentally evaluates the role of providing information regarding the measured returns to higher education types in the region on the borrowing behavior of students and their education choices. Tanvi also worked with ICRISAT’s VDSA panel dataset to study the relative importance of agricultural versus non-agricultural pathways of reducing malnutrition in India and on evaluating the effectiveness of India’s flagship village-level community health worker program, known as the Accredited Social Health Activists program. She holds an M.S. degree in applied economics and management from Cornell and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce.