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 an editor at the Review of Economics and Statistics; Co-Chair of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative at J-PAL; Co-Chair of the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative at J-PAL Africa; a member of the Executive Committee at J-PAL; 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