Nishtha Mishra

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in economics, Shri Ram College of Commerce; M.Sc. in economics, Madras School of Economics


Nishtha Mishra is a Ph.D. candidate and an assistant policy analyst at RAND with a background in economics. Her master's thesis examined the state-level determinants of foreign direct investment flows in India using panel data methodology.

Prior to joining RAND, she interned with the Economic Research Division at Confederation of Indian Industry where she assessed the investment climate of Maharashtra and conducted semi-structured interviews with executives of top manufacturing firms. At RAND, she has worked on analyzing the effects of soft-commitment products on savings based on a randomized controlled trial in India, budget planning for the regional government of Kurdistan, and developing a Markov model for healthcare treatments.

Mishra has lived in Italy, Nepal, the U.S., India, and Tanzania and is fluent in Hindi and French. Her interests include impact evaluation methods, financial inclusion, industrial economics, and capacity building in developing nations.