Dean S Karlan

(Leave of absence) Prof Economics

Departments & Organizations

Economic Development


Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Yale University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), which does work around the world, including Africa and South America. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Business and received his Ph.D in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 a research fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. 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 as well as to domestic charitable fundraising and political participation.


  • Ph.D., M.I.T.
  • M.P.A., University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Virginia
  • M.B.A., University of Chicago

Selected Publication

  • “(Ineffective) Messages to Encourage Recycling: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Peru”, June 2013, World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming, joint with Alberto Chong, Jeremy Shapiro, and Jonathan Zinman