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Sendhil Mullainathan

Professor, Harvard University, USA
Sendhil MullainathanSendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan is a professor of economics at Harvard University and a director of ideas42, a center devoted to taking insights about people from behavioral economics and using them to create novel policies, interventions, and products. He received his BA in computer science, mathematics, and economics from Cornell University and PhD in economics from Harvard. He conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. Professor Mullainathan has published extensively in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and of other grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Articles by this Author

  • Rigidity in Microfinancing: Can One Size Fit All?
    by Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan
    In the span of a single decade microfinance has gone from being virtually unknown—to bankers, to development workers, and, most of all, to the poor—to being a household word. Ask anyone today to describe microfinance and most likely you will get a common answer: “That’s when banks lend to groups of poor women to start little businesses.” Much of this increase in awareness is thanks to the tireless work of industry advocates who have traveled the...

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