Shanthi Manian

Shanthi Manian is a development economist with a focus on global health, gender, and development. She has worked with randomized controlled trials, lab-in-the-field experiments, and natural experiments to study the health decisions of vulnerable women, gender discrimination in developing country labor markets, and cognitive constraints among the poor. She has previous or ongoing experiments in Ethiopia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Senegal.

Content by Shanthi Manian
  • Project

    Gender discrimination in access to capital: Experimental evidence from Ethiopian SBGs

    Gender discrimination against entrepreneurs may drive gender gaps in access to capital and subsequently reduce the performance of female-owned businesses. This raises concerns about gender equity, but also growth: by misallocating capital, discrimination can reduce the returns to capital and thereby reduce productivity and economic growth. Using a randomized experiment, the...

    3 Aug 2022 | Shanthi Manian, Ketki Sheth

  • Project

    Gender discrimination in access to capital: Experimental evidence from Ethiopian SGBs

    Access to capital is widely considered a key accelerator for business productivity and growth. Gender discrimination against entrepreneurs, who form the largest sector of the labor force in sub-Saharan Africa, may drive gender gaps in access to capital and subsequently reduce the performance of female-owned businesses. This raises concerns about both gender equity and...

    8 Jun 2021 | Shanthi Manian, Ketki Sheth