Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Cynthia Kinnan is an assistant professor of economics at Tufts University. Her current projects include studying the effects of health insurance and long-term effects of microfinance (both in India), social networks in Thailand, and intra-household bargaining in China. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Recent work by Cynthia Kinnan
It is well-known that risk-sharing networks can smooth shocks, but local production networks can also propagate shocks; policy should consider both
The introduction of financial institutions in communities may generate long-lasting externalities, including losses in informal social linkages
Microfinance has potentially transformative impacts for some entrepreneurs, especially those who otherwise would be stuck in a poverty trap
Government policies that facilitate internal migration not only drive economic growth, but also improve the welfare of rural households
Revoking access to microcredit was costly – and not just for the households that borrowed