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Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan

Pragmatic Optimism in the Fight Against Poverty: Lessons from Behavioral Economics

October 20, 2016

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University and President and Founder of Innovation for Poverty Action. He received his Ph.D in Economics 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and prior to that completed an MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Dean is also on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

His research focuses on microeconomic issues of public policies and poverty. Much of his work uses behavioral economics insights and approaches to examine economic and policy issues relevant to developing countries, with particular attention to policies to increase income and financial wellbeing for those in extreme poverty. In the United States, he works on charitable giving, financial services for the under and unbanked, and behavioral health.

His books include: Failing in the Field (w/ Jacob Appel) (Princeton University Press 2016), Economics (w/ Jonathan Morduch) (McGraw-Hill 2014) and More Than Good Intentions (w/ Jacob Appel) (Dutton 2011).

Funding for this lecture was provided by the Institute for Humane Studies through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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