Portrait of Natalia Rigol

Natalia Rigol

Postdoctoral Researcher


I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. My research focuses primarily on how to design, target, and deliver financial products to the poor, and, in particular, how financial inclusion can improve the socio-economic position of women. My projects have analyzed how the design and delivery of microfinance products can enhance business growth; how to utilize mechanism design to elicit and aggregate community information to target high-growth entrepreneurs; the importance of peer support in conjunction with financial training in helping women grow their enterprise; and, the value of financial inclusion for improving female labor force participation. I have also tested behavioral models to increase hand washing behavior and habituation. My ongoing work includes studying the interaction between financial inclusion and corruption; the role of intra-household bargaining in resource allocation decisions among entrepreneurs in the household; and, the effect of caste norms on female labor force participation.

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2019, I will join the Harvard Business School as an Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit.

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