Dean Karlan

MORE THAN GOOD INTENTIONS: How the New Economics is helping to Solve Global Poverty
Date: 14 September 2011

About the talk: When it comes to global poverty, people are passionate and polarised. At one extreme, some argue that we've spent more then $1 trillion in development aid over the past 50 years and accomplished very little. At the other extreme, some claim that we've not invested nearly enough. Research is emerging to show that the right question to as is not whether aid works, but which aid works. (You can also read a discussion of the subject in the March/April 2011 YAM.)

About the speaker: Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale. President and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a contributor to the Freakonomics blog and a research fellow of the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, he is also founder and president of, a website using principles from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals. His research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,, National Science Foundation, World Bank, and Interamerican Development Bank, among others.

Karlan has been described as 'clear, precise and engaging' by his students, and in 2007 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and children.

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