Cynthia Kinnan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-8096
Casey Billings (617-496-3009)
Cynthia Kinnan


Cynthia Kinnan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. She is visiting HKS as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy during the 2013-14 academic year. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and and affiliate of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD). 

Her research focuses on how households in developing countries use financial products and informal insurance networks to finance investments, save, and cope with risk. She is particularly interested in the causes of missing markets; in the interaction between insurance, credit, and investment; and in microfinance. Her current work includes studying the effects of formal health insurance on health and investment in Karnataka, India; investigating the consequences of the “microfinance crisis” in Andhra Pradesh, India; studying the effects of mobile savings in Tanzania; and examining how internal migration affects non-migrant household members in China.

Kinnan received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. She also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BS from the University of Pittsburgh.



  • API-110 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis II