Cynthia Kinnan

Cynthia Kinnan’s research focuses on how households and small firms in developing countries use financial products (e.g., credit, insurance, savings) 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 risk and household investment, in social networks, and in microfinance.

She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for the 2013–14 academic year.

Content by Cynthia Kinnan
  • Project

    Tanzania Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Map

    Despite evidence of the contribution of fast-growing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to private sector growth and economic transformation, academic studies and policymakers have struggled to effectively identify and support these high-growth MSMEs. The reality is that much of our understanding of the MSME sector comes from information drawn from low- or...

    24 May 2019 | Margaret McMillan, Cynthia Kinnan

  • Project

    The Indian Health Insurance Experiment

    In 2008, India initiated one of the largest publicly-funded health insurance schemes in the world, Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which focused on inpatient care. Its aim was to provide coverage for hospitalisation to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. Insurance can affect health by increasing healthcare utilisation and increasing “peace of mind”; it can impact...

    1 May 2019 | Anup Malani, Gabriella Conti, Alessandra Voena, Cynthia Kinnan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    27 Mar 2017 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena

  • Blog post

    Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

    Since 2008 India’s public health insurance policy has covered the poorest quarter of the population, and the government wants to expand the policy to include households above the poverty line. Disentangling the health and financial effects of the policy is vital to establishing a cost-effective expansion of eligibility for this insurance. Considering the inherent risks...

    10 Nov 2016 | Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Ramanan Laxminarayan , Anup Malani, Alessandra Voena

  • Project

    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    This study forms part of an evaluation of a large public health insurance scheme in India, the Indian Health Insurance Experiment. We piloted an innovative survey instrument to assess its cost and accuracy in measuring the effect of health insurance on the frequency of hospitalisation and associated out of pocket expenditure for households. We found that...

    5 Oct 2015 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena, Gabriella Conti, Ramanan Laxminarayan