Nishtha Mishra

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


M.Phil in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; 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 researcher at the RAND Corporation.

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. 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.

Mishra has lived in Peru, Italy, Nepal, the U.S., India, and Tanzania. Her interests include economic development, international political economy, cost-effectiveness, and capacity building in developing nations.

Selected Publications

Francisco Perez-Arce and Nishtha Mishra, Implications of Australian Economic Growth for Social Equity, RAND Labor and Population (WR-1110-ACOLA), 2015

Concannon, et al. "Chapter Four: Assessment of Access to VA Care," in Peter Hussey and Jeanne Ringel, Resources and Capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Provide Timely and Accessible Care to Veterans, RAND Health (RR-1165/2-VA), 2015