Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Yale University. His primary areas of research include development economics, behavioral economics, political economy, and field experiments. His research agenda focuses on using field experiments to learn what social policies work, what do not, and why. Most of his work is in developing countries and typically examines microfinance programs for the poor. Other research covers fundraising, voting, education and behavioral economics. Dean holds a PhD from MIT’s Department of Economics; his dissertation was on social capital and microfinance. He co-authored Economics, a McGraw-Hill textbook, and wrote More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty (2011, Penguin).


Institution / Affiliation : Yale University

Geographical Region: Africa
Methodology: Experimental Design, Field Experiments, Statistics, Survey Methodology
Policy: Development, Elections