Nishtha Mishra

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


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


Nishtha Mishra is a Ph.D. candidate in economic policy, and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Her master's thesis examined the state-level determinants of foreign direct investment flows in India.

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, developing a Markov model for healthcare treatments in the U.S. and proposing policy solutions to improve the effectiveness of affordable housing markets.

Mishra has lived in Peru, Italy, Nepal, the U.S., India, and Tanzania, and is fluent in Hindi and French. Her interests include health care market consolidation, cost-effectiveness, industrial economics, and capacity building in developing nations.