Professor of Economics, Yale University
Dean Karlan is a professor of economics at Yale University. Karlan is founder and president of Innovations for Poverty Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. Karlan is on the executive committee of the board of directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, he is cofounder of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts. In 2011, Karlan coauthored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Karlan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of financial decision-making, specifically employing experimental methodologies to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in microfinance, health, behavioral economics and charitable giving. In microfinance, he has studied credit impact, interest rate policy, savings product design, credit scoring policies, entrepreneurship training, and group versus individual liability. Karlan received a doctorate in economics from M.I.T., an MBA and a master’s in public policy. from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Virginia. He can be followed on twitter @deankarlan.