Cynthia Kinnan

Assistant Professor of Economics
Northwestern University


Cynthia Kinnan is a development economist with research interests in how households in developing countries use financial products and informal networks to cope with risk, finance investment and save. She received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in June 2010 and is currently Assistant Professor of Economics at Northwestern University.

Kinnan has studied informal safety nets and the use of banks among households in rural Thailand. Presently, she is working with members of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT and the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) in Chennai, India on an ongoing project to evaluate the impacts of microfinance in Hyderabad, India. In addition, in collaboration with Arun Chandrasekhar and Horacio Larreguy, she is investigating the interaction of financial products with informal safety nets among households by utilizing randomized experiments in rural Karnataka, India.