Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University and President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems. He is on the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab.  
    As a social entrepreneur Karlan is co-Founder of, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals. In 2015, Karlan founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assesses whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact. 
    Karlan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  He was awarded distinguished alumni awards from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and the Duke University Talent Identification Program. In 2011 he co-authored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty.
    His education includes a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., 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.