Research Staff

Jon Einar Flåtnes

Senior researcher

Economist focusing on poverty, resilience, and climate change adaptation

Flåtnes is an applied development economist working on poverty, resilience, and climate change adaptation among poor and vulnerable populations. His research to date has focused on understanding how innovative financial products, such as microfinance and insurance contracts, can help mitigate risk and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Some topics he has explored include social and conventional collateral in joint liability group lending, the effect of climate change on insurance demand, optimal design of index insurance contracts using remote sensing data, and complementarities between insurance and other technologies.

He has experience conducting field research, including large-scale interventions and lab-in-the-field experiments, and he has participated in projects taking place in Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, and China.

He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2015 and previously worked as an assistant professor at the Ohio State University.