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Global Poverty Research Lab

Addressing the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world

About Us

We are an academic hub for empirical development economics.

Our goal is accomplished by supporting graduate student and faculty research, providing undergraduate research opportunities, coordinating a seminar series and assisting with data management.

Our People

We are led by co-directors Dean Karlan and Chris Udry, who bring their economic expertise to the group.

The research affiliates at the Lab have a variety of research interests, and our staff specialize in research and business operations. Find out more about the people who make up the Global Poverty Research Lab.

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Research for Policy Action

The goal of the lab is to create an environment in which scholarship on development economics can flourish at Northwestern and be translated into effective policy action that will reduce poverty around the world.”

Chris Udry, Co-Director, Global Poverty Research Lab

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Our Research

Supporting poverty research around the world by actively building research infrastructure and engaging in advocacy, communications, technical assistance and policy outreach.

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Events and Highlights

View upcoming events or learn more about the work being done at the Global Poverty Research Lab.

Study Abroad in Ghana


The Department of Economics and the Global Poverty Research Lab are pleased to announce a new study abroad opportunity for Northwestern undergraduates at the University of Ghana – Legon in fall quarter 2019. Learn more.