Tavneet Suri is the Mitsubishi Career Development Assistant Professor of International Management and Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Suri is a Kenyan economist whose research centers on a variety of applied economics issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. She uses microeconomic and econometric models to examine the efficiency of household behavior and to understand subsequent policy implications. In addition, she often spends time in the field collecting her own survey data. Her research includes analyzing the costs and benefits households face when deciding whether to use rural seed technologies in Kenya, the extent of risk-pooling insurance mechanisms in rural Kenya, and the trade-offs between child labor and schooling in Ghana. Her ongoing projects investigate the adoption of mobile money in Kenya, the effects of mobile money on risk-sharing in Kenya, the role of credit markets in the adoption of water technologies in rural Kenya and the impacts of infrastructure improvements on the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone.
In addition to her research and teaching engagements, Suri is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); a Research Affiliate of the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis for Development (BREAD), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Suri is also Co-Director of the Agriculture Research Program at the International Growth Center.