Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Research Fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Karlan is also the President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a New Haven, Connecticut based research outfit dedicated to creating and evaluating solutions to social and international development problems. Along with economists Jonathan Morduch and Sendhil Mullainathan, Karlan serves as Director of the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), a consortium of researchers focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Researcher's Grant Projects

This study builds on an earlier ERG project to carefully examine the causal mechanisms by which business skills training affects business outcomes using high frequency follow-up surveys.
Researchers: Greg Fischer, Dean Karlan, Meredith Startz
Grants Round: 2nd MRG round
Country: Uganda
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This randomized evaluation studies the effects of incentivising microfinance loan officers to identify clients with the highest potential returns on their loans, in order to test the hypothesis that the business model of classic microfinance institutions might be one of the reasons why high-growth microentrepreneurs have difficulty accessing SME-level loans. 
Researchers: Dean Karlan, Gharad Bryan
Grants Round: 1st MRG Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This research identifies the changes in business processes resulting from technical assistance and business skills training to female entrepreneurs in Central Uganda.
Researchers: Greg Fischer, Dean Karlan, Meredith Startz
Grants Round: 5th Round
Country: Uganda
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project identifies competitor and supply chain markets and the horizontal and vertical interactions of sample firms to study the impacts of credit on SMEs.
Researchers: Dean Karlan, Pamela Jakiela, Daniel Keniston, Gharad Bryan
Grants Round: 4th Round
Country: Philippines