Rema Hanna

Rema Hanna is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. In addition, Hanna is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Content by Rema Hanna
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Social protection in fragile states

    Despite various challenges, social protection is more important than ever right now for fragile countries that already house a large share of the world’s poor. The World Bank is estimating that the COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push about 40-60 million more people into extreme poverty, erasing decades of anti-poverty efforts. The World Bank has documented that...

    11 Jun 2020 | Rema Hanna

  • Project

    Experimental impacts of Tanzania’s conditional cash transfer on household investment choices (follow-up)

    Tanzania’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme is the second-largest government-run conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme in Africa. Funded mainly by the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank - and implemented by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) - the aim of the PSSN is to increase income and consumption and to help vulnerable populations cope...

    18 Dec 2019 | Zoë Hitzig, Rema Hanna

  • Project

    Experimental impacts of Tanzania’s conditional cash transfer on household investment choices

    There has been a debate within Tanzania's government about whether to continue the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN), a project which supports social insurance and assistance to the poorest households. Some policymakers have argued that the PSSN has had few results on children and negative labour supply effects by getting households “on the dole”, despite little...

    6 Dec 2019 | Rema Hanna

  • Project

    Collaboration on data analysis and field studies to strengthen BISP policy design, improve take-up, and build capacity on data analytics

    Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is one of the largest cash transfer programs in the world. It targets social protection, poverty reduction and economic growth by delivering unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, human capital development and income generation programs. It is thus central to the IGC thematic and Pakistan country programme agendas...

    12 Oct 2017 | Benjamin Olken, Rema Hanna, Adnan Khan

  • Project

    Evidence to inform the JKN health insurance programme: Analysis and collection of GIS data

    Advances in computer vision have made it possible to train predictive algorithms on both structured and unstructured features of image data sets. With good predictive algorithms and robust image data, we can hope to extrapolate even relatively small samples of income or survey data over large areas.  In recent work, we have used Google Street View imagery to develop...

    27 Oct 2016 | Benjamin Olken, Edward Glaeser, Rema Hanna, Nikhil Naik, Scott Kominers

  • Blog post

    Building the evidence base for developing countries: An example from the effect of pollution on infant health in Mexico

    Pollution levels are orders of magnitude higher in lower-income countries than in the developed world. Studies of the health effects of pollution based on data from the latter will not necessarily be relevant to the former. This blog reports on the effect of air pollution on infant mortality in Mexico City. Significant effects found much larger than those found...

    18 Apr 2016 | Eva Arceo, Rema Hanna, Paulina Oliva

  • Project

    Estimating the Demand for Electricity in Urban Indonesia

    Indonesia  is  interested  in  reforming  electricity  pricing  to  move  towards  market  prices.    Part  of  that reform will be the acceleration  of use of pre-­‐paid  meters, which use a different pricing schedule, reduce collection  costs  for  the  electric  company,  and  reduce  non-­‐technical  losses.  Furthermore,  in...

    3 Dec 2014 | Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna, Benjamin Olken