Department Welcomes Kaivan Munshi and Sönje Reiche

Monday, June 18, 2018

Kaivan Munshi and Sönje Reiche will both join the Department of Economics in the fall of 2019. Kaivan has been appointed a Professor of Economics and Reiche a Senior Lecturer.

Kaivan Munshi is currently the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research career has been devoted to the analysis of communities and their interaction with economic activity. His past work has examined the effect of community networks on education and mobility, which are key determinants of growth and development. His current research focusses on the relationship between economic development and health and on the community origins of entrepreneurship in India and China. 

Professor Munshi’s research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies. He was the recipient of the Infosys Prize in the Social Sciences in 2016 and he visted Yale last year to deliver the 2017 Indu Bhatt Lecture sponsored by Yale’s South Asian Studies Center. 

He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a M.S., M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Sönje Reiche is currently a lecturer in Economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Newnham College. She has worked and taught at the Toulouse School of Economics, the London School of Economics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

She works on problems in Information Economics, Mechanism Design and Contract Theory. Her current work focuses on the Economics of Advice, and she is involved in a research project on organ transplants in the UK. 

She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc in Economics from the LSE, and a M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Bonn.