Tavneet Suri is the Louis E. Seley Professor of Applied Economics and an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her expertise is in the role of technology in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tavneet is editor-in-chief of VoxDev; Scientific Director for Africa for J-PAL; CoChair of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative at J-PAL; Chair of the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative at J-PAL Africa; and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
She holds a BA in economics from Cambridge University, UK, and an MA in International and Development Economics (IDE) and a PhD in economics, both from Yale University.
My main areas of research interest are:
- Mobile money (e.g. M-PESA) and more generally digital financial products (e.g. M-Shwari)
- The impacts of cell phones on local economies
- The role of the internet in expanding economic opportunities and knowledge
- Universal basic income
- Agricultural technology adoption
My research has been funded by (my CV has a complete list for each research grant):
- Gates Foundation
- Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries
- Digital Credit Observatory at UC Berkeley
- Financial Sector Deepening Kenya
- Sloan School of Management
- J-PAL Governance Initiative
- International Growth Center
- Microsaving & Payments Innovation Initiative
- Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative
- Weiss Fund
- The World Bank
- TechnoServe Coffee Initiative
- Consortium on Financial Services and Poverty