Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Washington

Emma Riley is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Washington. Her research is in development economics, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and primarily utilizes large-scale field experiments. One theme of her research examines the impact of digital financial services, such as mobile money and mobile banking services. Her job market paper uses an RCT to examine the impact of disbursing microfinance loans via mobile money on the growth of female-owned micro-enterprises. Other recent work examines how mobile banking services can help households cope with the COVID-19 pandemic shock to their finances. Emma also has studies looking at the impact of role models on secondary school students’ educational attainment, cash transfers on women’s empowerment and a village-based poverty alleviation programme on household welfare.