CFSP Media Experts

The Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty is research organization of some of the world’s leading development economists. Our experts can be available to the media for interviews.  To learn more or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Roche, CFSP Communications Director, at (773) 834-2240 or jroche [at] uchicago [dot] edu.

CFSP Faculty Director and Principal Investigator

Robert M. Townsend
Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Also, CFSP Faculty Director and Principal Investigator

Topics: Financial systems and global poverty, development economics, microeconomics, economic modeling, applied econometrics
Geographical Areas: India, Thailand

CFSP Members

Juliano Assunção
Assistant Professor of Economics
PUC-Rio

Topics: Development economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics.
Geographical Area: Latin America, with focus on Brazil

Abhijit Banerjee
Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Topics: Economic development, information theory, theory of income distribution and macroeconomics.
Geographical Areas: India and Bangladesh

Francisco Buera
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of California, Los Angeles

Topics: Government debt, entrepreneurship and financial frictions, financial markets and development, structural change and economic development, and international trade and the diffusion of technologies.
Geographical Area:  Global

Douglas Diamond
Merton H. Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance
University of Chicago

Topics: Theory of financial intermediaries, financial crises, and liquidity; bank regulation and deposit insurance; debt maturity structure and the role of short-term debt
Geographical Area: North America

Weearachart Kilenthong
Assistant Professor of Economics,
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC)
UTCC Research Institute for Policy Evaluation and Design (RIPED)

Topics: Macroeconomics, contract theory, growth and development, financial economics, labor economics
Geographical Area: Thailand

Gabriel de Abreu Madeira
Assistant Professor of Economics,
University of Sao Paulo (USP)
Research Fellow
Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas (Fipe)

Topics: Development Economics, Finance and Development, Contract Theory and Applied Microeconomics
Geographical Area: Latin America, with a focus on Brazil

Roberto Rigobon
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Topics: International economics, monetary economics, development economics, financial sector.
Geographical Area:  Global

Kenneth Singleton
Adams Distinguished Professor of Management
Graduate School of Business
Stanford University

Topics: Dynamic asset pricing models; modeling of term structures of government and defaultable bond yields; measuring and managing market, credit and liquidity risks; and debt financing in emerging economies.
Geographical Area: Emerging Asia

Tavneet Suri
Mitsubishi Career Development Assistant Professor of International Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Topics: technology adoption, informal financial institutions
Geographical Area: Africa (Sub-Saharan)

Christopher Udry
Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics
Yale University

Topics: African development, microeconomics
Geographical Areas: Ghana, Zambia

Christopher Woodruff
Professor of Economics
University of Warwick

Topics: The challenges faced by small and medium sized firms in developing and transition economies
Geographical Areas: Sri Lanka, Ghana, Thailand, Mexico

CFSP Development Economics Experts by Geographical Area

Africa (Sub-Saharan)
Tavneet Suri

Asia (Emerging Markets)
Kenneth Singleton

Bangladesh
Abhijit Banerjee

Brazil
Juliano Assuncao; Gabriel de Abreu Madeira

Ghana
Christopher Udry; Christopher Woodruff

Global
Francisco Buera; Roberto Rigobon

India
Abhijit Banerjee; Robert M. Townsend

Latin America
Juliano Assuncao; Gabriel de Abreu Madeira

Mexico
Christopher Woodruff

North America
Douglas Diamond

Sri Lanka
Christopher Woodruff

Thailand
Weerachart Kilenthong; Robert M. Townsend; Christopher Woodruff

Zambia
Christopher Udry

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Photo: CFSP members discuss their work and early results from their research at MIT.