Dr. Tanvi Rao is a Senior Economist in the Health Division at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She is an applied microeconomist with training and experience in quantitative research, econometric analysis, program evaluation and causal inference using experimental and quasi-experimental research methods. Her areas of expertise include healthcare payment and delivery models, and Medicare and Medicaid policy.
Previous Papers & Presentations
Zapata, D., Rao, T., Hesgrove, B., Gooptu, A., Klein, H., Yoffe, M., O’Brien M., Coombs, E., Theobald, N., Crane, E., (2021). Evaluation of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration. CMS.
Rao, T., Kiptanui, Z., Dowell, P., Triebwasser, C., Alexander, G. C., & Harris, I. (2020). Association of Formulary Exclusions and Restrictions for Opioid Alternatives with Opioid Prescribing Among Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA Network Open, 3(3), e200274-e200274.
Bevis, L. E., Naschold, F., & Rao, T. (2019). An unequal burden: Intra-household dimensions of seasonal health in Tanzania. Food Policy, 101766.
Rao, T., & Pingali, P. (2018). The role of agriculture in women’s nutrition: Empirical evidence from India. PloS one, 13(8), e0201115.
Pingali, P. & Rao, T. (2017). Understanding the multidimensional nature of the malnutrition problem in India. Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World: Challenges and Opportunities, 292.
Arndt, C., Barrett, C. B., Chonabayashi, S., Dillon, B. M., Harou, A., Lee, D. R., ... & Rao, T. (2013). Oil prices and East African food security: Understanding the links and effects on households. A Technical Report submitted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rao, T. (2016, June). Who Responds to Information? Experimental Evidence on Track-Specific Higher Education Decisions in India. Presentation at the United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Conference on Human Capital and Growth, Helsinki, Finland.
Rao, T. (2015, December). Does Information Shape Borrowing Intentions? Experimental Evidence on Track-Specific Higher Education Decisions in India. Presentation at the Annual Conference on Economic Growth & Development. Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India.
Rao, T. (2015, August). Understanding the multidimensional nature of the malnutrition problem in India. A Festschrift in Honor of Hans Binswanger at the International Conference for Agricultural Economics, Milan, Italy.
Rao, T. (2013, December). The Impact of a Community Health Worker on Childhood Immunization: Evidence from India's ‘ASHA’ Workers. Presentation at the Annual Conference on Economic Growth & Development. Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India.
Ph.D. and M.S., Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University; B.A., Economics, University of Delhi.