Joshua Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. His research develops methods and theory for the analysis of large-scale behavioral datasets, with a focus on how such data can be used to understand processes of human and economic development in poor and marginalized regions of the world. Recent projects use terabyte-scale data on network communication to understand the lasting impacts of corruption and violence (Afghanistan), the impact of ethnic segregation on the structure of social networks (Estonia), the role of migrants in labor markets (Rwanda and Pakistan), and the potential for Mobile Money and similar mobile phone-based technologies to reduce economic frictions and improve welfare and well-being (Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania).
- CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) 2013
- CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) 2015
- Mobile Money: Technology to Transform Transactions
- Annual Conference on Measurement Technology (IV): Artificial Intelligence for Economic Development
- Evidence to Action 2016: FinTech for Global Development
- 2018 CEGA Research Retreat (R^2)