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Biography

Tavneet Suri is the Louis E. Seley Professor of Applied Economics and a 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.

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Research Interests

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):

Please visit my fun page to learn more about the lighter side of my projects.