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Get to know our faculty members and find contact information for our staff. For general inquiries about the Lab, please contact Susan Dennehy, our business administrator, by email (susan.dennehy@northwestern.edu) or phone (847-467-7417).

Leadership

Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan

Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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

Chris Udry

Robert E. and Emily King Professor

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
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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

Lori Beaman

Associate Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
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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

Lasse Brune

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Lasse Brune is a postdoctoral fellow at the Global Poverty Research Lab, and 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

Erika Deserranno

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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.
Andrew Dillon

Andrew Dillon

Clinical Associate Professor

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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Andrew Dillon is a development economist whose research focuses on how improving productivity increases welfare in developing countries and the methods and measures that applied development economists use in estimating causal relationships. His current research focuses on productivity-enhancing investments that agricultural households may make in health and nutrition, new agricultural technologies and education. His ongoing projects are currently being implemented with government, private sector firms and NGOs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria. Much of his research program is supported by collecting new multi-topic household survey data, of which he has contributed to the design and supervision of over 30 new surveys during the past 8 years.
Matthias Doepke

Matthias Doepke

Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
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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

Sara Hernández

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
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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

Seema Jayachandran

Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
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Seema Jayachandran is a 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

Kiminori Matsuyama

Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
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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

Joel Mokyr

Robert H. Strotz Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
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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

Ameet Morjaria

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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

William Parienté

Visiting Professor of Kellogg Public-Private Interface

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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

Jacopo Ponticelli

Associate Professor of Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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

Nancy Qian

James J. O'Connor Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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

Edoardo Teso

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Science

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management
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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.