Chair of the Board
Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action. He is a co-founder of ImpactMatters. He was previously a Professor of Economics at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 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 un-banked, and behavioral health.