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Tufts University
Department of Economics
314 Braker Hall
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Medford, MA 02155-6722
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Cynthia Kinnan
Assistant Professor

Degrees
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc., London School of Economics
B.S., University of Pittsburgh

Expertise
Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Biography
Cynthia Kinnan received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Tufts, she taught at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on how households and small firms in developing countries use financial products (such as credit, insurance, savings) and informal networks to finance investment and cope with risk. She is particularly interested in the causes of missing markets, in the interaction between risk and household investment, in social networks, and in microfinance. Her work draws on randomized control trials, natural experiments, and estimating equilibrium relationships implied by theory. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and an affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD).