Cynthia Kinnan

Cynthia Kinnan

James L. Paddock Assistant Professor of International Economics
Braker Hall, 314
8 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA


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).


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics