Global Poverty Research Lab

People

For inquiries about the Lab, please contact Susan Dennehy, business administrator: susan.dennehy@northwestern.edu or 847-467-7417.

Directors

Dean Karlan is a Buffett Institute Faculty Fellow and the Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance at the Kellogg School of Management. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving.
Chris Udry is a Buffett Institute Faculty Fellow and the King Professor of Economics. He is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research examines technological change, risk and financial markets, gender and households, property rights, psychological well-being and economic decision-making and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. 

Affiliates

Lori Beaman is an associate professor of economics. A development economist working on microeconomic issues, Lori’s research interests are centered on: social networks, agriculture, labor markets and gender. She holds a PhD in economics from Yale University. 
Lasse Brune, postdoctoral fellow at the Global Poverty Research Lab, focuses his research on financial inclusion in developing countries. He also has projects related to labor markets, behavioral economics and social safety nets. Brune holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
Erika Deserranno is a an assistant professor of managerial economics & decision sciences. Her research interests lie at the intersection between development and personnel economics. She is working on issues related to the selection, recruitment and motivation of workers both in private and public organizations. She received her PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.
Matthias Doepke's research deals with topics in economic growth and development, political economy, and monetary economics. Recently, he has worked on theories of demographic change, family economics, the role of political and cultural change in economic development, and redistributional effects of inflation. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics, and an associate editor of the American Economic Review.
Sara Hernández is an assistant professor of instruction in economics. Her research lies at the intersection of development and labor economics, with a marked gender component. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that propel females into the labor force and what the consequences are of doing so for individuals, households, and, by extension, their communities. Her work has focused on the interaction between international trade and living standards, including violence, education, and fertility. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Seema Jayachandran is an associate professor of economics. Her research is primarily on health and gender in developing countries. She also has projects related to the environment, education, labor markets, and political economy. She holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Cynthia Kinnan is an assistant professor of economics. Her research focuses on how households in developing countries use financial products and informal insurance networks to finance investments, save, and cope with risk. She is particularly interested in the causes of missing markets, the interaction between risk and household investment, social networks, and microfinance. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Kiminori Matsuyama's research interests concern international trade and economic growth and development. He is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind macroeconomic instability, structural transformation, as well as inequality across countries, regions, and households. He is a Fellow of Econometric Society. He was the 1996 winner of the Nakahara Prize awarded to the best young economist by the Japanese Economic Association. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and the Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.
Ameet Morjaria is an assistant professor of managerial economics & decision sciences. His research interests are in development economics, organizations and political economy across several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research focuses on understanding the impact of competition on productivity and relational contracts, industrial policy in emerging markets, the impact of electoral conflict on firm operations, and the political economy of resource management in weak institutionalized economies. He completed his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.
Jacopo Ponticelli is an associate professor of finance. He is an applied economist that primarily studies corporate finance and development economics. His research interests include law and finance, financial development, and economic growth. Before joining Kellogg School of Management, he served as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain).
Nancy Qian is a professor of managerial economics & decision sciences. Her research provides empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that broadly fall into three sub-categories: demography and development, geography and development and institutions and development. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT.

Staff

Vincent Joseph Armentano, Research Analyst
Sachet Bangia, Research Analyst – Economics
Caton Brewster, Research Analyst – IPA
Susan Dennehy, Business Administrator
Isabel Oñate Falomir, Research Analyst – IPA
Zachary Groff, Research Analyst
Sami Horn, Research Analyst
Andre Nickow, Research Project Manager
Caitlin Rowe, Research Project Manager
Sneha Stephen, Senior Project Coordinator – IPA