Ben Mazzotta, Ph.D.
Ben Mazzotta, Ph.D.

Ben Mazzotta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Inclusive Growth, the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


Ben Mazzotta is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Inclusive Growth at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME), part of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He works on the Cost of Cash study, which shatters the myth that cash is free of cost, since virtually all economic actors pay direct and indirect financial burdens to participate in the cash payments system. The study looks at what costs consumers and businesses face in cash management, the accounts they use to optimize those costs, and the financial institutions that complete the cycle of cash payments. The study also evaluates purported links between cash and informal economic activity, on a spectrum from tax evasion to criminal enterprise.

Ben has held a number of research positions at Tufts University and elsewhere, including the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, the Space Policy Working Group, the Cultural Change Institute, the University of Duhok's School of Economics and Business Administration, and the US Cyber Consequences Unit (US-CCU). His graduate research focused on the World Food Program's drought insurance pilot in Ethiopia. The dissertation explained how ideas drove innovation, specifically the worldwide focus on disaster risk management, rather than organizational problems such as donor harmonization or interest group pressures.