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Dean Karlan

Professor, Yale University, USA
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Dean Karlan is professor of economics at Yale University, president of Innovations for Poverty Action, a research fellow at MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab, cofounder and president of, and codirector of the Financial Access Initiative, a consortium with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT, MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago, and BA in international affairs from the University of Virginia. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and in 2008 was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship. His research employs experimental methodologies to examine what works and what doesn’t in interventions in microfinance and health internationally, and, domestically, in voting, charitable giving, and commitment contracts. Karlan consults for many organizations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, FINCA International, and the Guatemalan government.

Articles by this Author

  • Rigidity in Microfinancing: Can One Size Fit All?
    by Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan
    In the span of a single decade microfinance has gone from being virtually unknown—to bankers, to development workers, and, most of all, to the poor—to being a household word. Ask anyone today to describe microfinance and most likely you will get a common answer: “That’s when banks lend to groups of poor women to start little businesses.” Much of this increase in awareness is thanks to the tireless work of industry advocates who have traveled the...

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