Global Poverty Research Lab


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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. 


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 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 is a professor of economics. His 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.
Kiminori Matsuyama is a professor of economics. His 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.
Joel Mokyr, Strotz Professor of Economics, conducts research on the economic history of Europe, and specializes in the period 1750-1914. His current research is concerned with the understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare. He was the 2006 winner of the biennial Heineken Award for History offered by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the winner of the 2015 Balzan International Prize for economic history.
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.
William Parienté is a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg Public-Private Interface. He is a professor of economics at UCLouvain in Belgium.  He earned his PhD from Paris School of Economics (2007). His research focuses on development economics, labor economics, and policy evaluation. He has published in top journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, and Science.
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.
Edoardo Teso is an assistant professor of managerial economics & decision sciences. His research interests include political economy, development economics, and applied microeconomics. He works on issues related to the personnel economics of the state, the process of formation of individual personal preferences, and campaign finance. He received his PhD in political economy and government from the Department of Economics at Harvard University.


Vincent Joseph Armentano, Research Analyst
Sachet Bangia, Research Analyst
Ellen Bates-Jefferys, Senior Program Associate – IPA
Lilly Chang, Administrative Assistant
Susan Dennehy, Business Administrator
Isabel Oñate Falomir, Research Associate
Sarina Jain, Research Analyst
Prathap Kasina, Regional Director – IPA
Akhila KovvuriResearch Analyst – Department of Economics
Peter Lugthart, Research Analyst
David McDevitt, Research Analyst
Andre Nickow, Research Manager
Caitlin Rowe, Research Manager
Diego Santa Maria, Research Analyst
Sneha Stephen, Research Manager – IPA
Kayla Wilding, Research Associate – IPA