Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

We create impact by identifying big challenges, applying business insights to help solve these challenges, and forging communities of learning and practice to implement large-scale and enduring change.

Achieving India’s net-zero target: a distant dream or a certain eventuality?

The road to net-zero for India is strewn with challenges, the greatest of them all being reviving the country’s ailing electricity distribution companies. Climate action: where things stand now One of the most important and seminal events of this year is inarguably the Conference of Parties, better known as COP26, currently underway in Glasgow, Scotland.…

Creating impact for rural communities in India, gaining valuable skills, and fostering the LBS community

During this spring I had the opportunity to work as a team leader for Project Aasha, an impact consulting project in collaboration with Head Held High, an incubator for social changemakers that develops transformational programmes to help households in rural India move out of poverty. Our challenge: how do we measure and assess poverty in…

The impact of meritocracy on asset pricing

Investigating how meritocracy enables economic growth Socioeconomic inequality is on the rise across the globe, yet research suggests that citizens in unequal societies characterized by greater inequality are generally less concerned about inequality than those in more egalitarian societies. One possible explanation for this is that people may be more likely to accept inequality if…

OnPeri: Supporting female empowerment by designing a go-to-market strategy for a FemTech venture

We are Aman Desai, Madeline Goodman (MAM2021), Lorenzo Bacheca (MiM2021), and Marion Denis (MiM2021). With an interest in social impact and the knowledge obtained through our Early Careers programs, we stepped into Project Aasha to support OnPeri – an Indian social enterprise that redesigns and promotes the use of menstrual cups. During our first call,…

The unappreciated spillovers of China’s monetary policy

Identifying the transmission mechanisms of global shocks for better business-cycle management in developing countries “The emergence of China as the largest official lender has far-reaching implications for developing countries. Understanding monetary spillovers from China makes policy makers better aware of the nature of international shocks in order to make better decisions.” Jinglun Yao, PhD candidate…

Ecowrap: Tackling waste management in India

We are Zoé and Jules from Belgium, Anna from China and Christopher from the Netherlands and through project Aasha we used the business and analytical skillset we developed at LBS to help create a positive impact on society. With the skills acquired from our Masters in Financial Analysis and our Masters in Management, along with…