Miri Stryjan is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She does research in development economics, political economics and applied microeconomics with a regional focus on East Africa. She holds a PhD from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University. In her current research Miri studies different aspects of finance in developing countries, including loan contract structure, selection into borrowing and the motivation of loan officers in microfinance. More generally, she is interested in how individuals and communities interact with institutions, broadly defined, especially exogenously imposed ones. She has done extensive fieldwork in Uganda for projects related to microfinance, small business growth and decision making in groups.