Tavneet Suri


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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 editor-in-chief of VoxDev; Scientific Director for Africa for J-PAL; CoChair of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative at J-PAL; Chair of the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative at J-PAL Africa; 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.


Vivek Farias and Tavneet Suri have each received funding from the Solomon Buchsbaum Research Fund


"Agricultural Technology in Africa."

Suri, Tavneet and Christopher Udry. Journal of Economic Perspectives Vol. 36, No. 1 (2022): 33-56.

"Fintech and Household Resilience to Shocks: Evidence from Digital Loans in Kenya."

Suri, Tavneet, Prashant Bharadwaj, and William Jack. Journal of Development Economics Vol. 153, (2021).

"Voter Mobilisation and Trust in Electoral Institutions: Evidence from Kenya."

Marx, Benjamin, Vincent Pons, and Tavneet Suri. The Economic Journal Vol. 131, No. 638 (2021): 2585–2612.

"Diversity and Team Performance in a Kenyan Organization."

Marx, Benjamin, Vincent Pons, and Tavneet Suri. Journal of Public Economics Vol. 197, (2021): 104332.

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