Joshua Blumenstock

Joshua Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor at the Information School at University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on the economic and social impacts of information and communication technologies in developing countries, and the development of new methods for quantitative analysis that combine insights from econometrics and machine learning. Recent projects use terabyte-scale data on network communication to understand patterns of adoption and diffusion of mobile technologies (Pakistan and Mongolia), the welfare implications of Mobile Money (Rwanda and Uganda), and the role of technological innovation in reducing corruption and violence (Afghanistan). Joshua has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine, and was a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Economics at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D in Information Management and a M.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley, and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.