Himani Mehta

Himani Mehta

Research Fellow with Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


I use insights from behavioral science to help achieve development outcomes in public health, agriculture, and women empowerment through information and communication technologies.

I have designed interventions tested through randomised experiments, conducted behavioral lab experiments, and developed panel surveys for longitudinal data collection in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. I have analysed data through econometric and statistical techniques, and used qualitative research methods to study social norms

I am passionate about understanding how insights of human behavior can inform effective public policy design for low and middle income countries.


  • Behavioral Science
  • Health Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Women Empowerment
  • Data Science


  • Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences, 2020

    University of Pennsylvania

  • BTech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Sciences, 2018

    Indian Institue of Technology, Bombay


Effect of Internet on Women

Impact of Mobile Internet Uptake on Women’s Socio-Economic Well-Being in Ghana and Bangladesh

Nudges for Crop Diversification

Randomised Control Trial to Test Message Framing to Encourage Crop Diversification Among Smallholder Farmers in West Bengal, India

Social Norms Around FGM

Understanding Social Norms Around the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Mali, Africa

Increase Cancer Screening Rates

Behavioral Interventions to Improve Cancer Screening Rates for Marginalized Populations in US

Medication Adherence

Methods to Increase Medication Adherence Among Low and Middle Income Tuberculosis Patients in India

Reduce Recycling Contamination

Nudges Designed to Reduce Residential Recycling Contamination in Durham, North Carolina



Behavioral Economics Intern

Precision Agriculture for Development

May 2020 – Aug 2020 Boston
Designed the behaviorally informed messaging content, cross sectional polling surveys, sampling strategy as well as conducted quantitative analysis for a large scale randomised control trial in West Bengal, India to encourage smallholder farmers to diversify crops.

Research Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Aug 2019 – Present Philadelphia

Worked at:

  • Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition | Guide: Christopher Yoo, J.D.
  • Center for Social Norms & Behavioral Dynamics | Guide: Cristina Bicchieri, PhD
  • Wharton Behavioral Science Lab | Guide: Sigal Barsade, PhD

Management Consultant


Jul 2018 – Jun 2019 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai
Worked on operational and digital transformation projects for the largest Malaysian and Singaporean telecommunications providers in multicultural teams.