Supreet Kaur is amongst ‘best scientific minds working today’

The University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor lands 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

Supreet Kaur – Photo / University of California, Berkeley website

Supreet Kaur, an assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley, has been named as one of the 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships.

The fellowships, awarded yearly since 1955, honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.

“The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer,” says Sloan president Adam Falk in a statement. “The brightest minds, tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly—Fellows are quite literally the future of twenty-first century science.”

She receives US$65,000 which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

Supreet is a development and behavioral economist who studies the functioning of labor markets in poor countries.

In a note on her university website, she says: “I am a development economist, with overlap in my work with behavioral and labor economics. The first strand of my research focuses on the functioning of labor markets in poor countries. My work documents frictions in labor markets, studies the causes of unemployment, and examines the impact of inequality on labor productivity. The second strand of my research explores how social norms and behavioral biases–such as the limits of human cognition and self-control problems–can affect individual behavior and market equilibria. By applying insights from psychology into economics, my goal is to deepen our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty.”


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