Get to know our faculty members and find contact information for our staff. For general inquiries about the Lab, please contact Poverty-Research@Northwestern.edu.

Leadership

Dean Karlan

Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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

Robert E. and Emily King Professor

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

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.

Nancy Qian

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

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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.

Affiliates

Lori Beaman

Associate Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

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.

Erika Deserranno

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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

Clinical Associate Professor

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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

Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

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.

Leander Heldring

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management 

Leander Heldring joined Kellogg in 2020 after receiving his PhD in economics from the University of Oxford. His research interests are in economic development, political economy and economic history, with a particular focus on the role of government in facilitating or stifling innovation, entrepreneurship and growth.

Sara Hernández-Saborit

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Sara Hernández-Saborit 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.

Sean Higgins

Assistant Professor of Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management 

Sean Higgins is an assistant professor of finance. He is an applied microeconomist with interests in household finance, corporate finance, and development economics. His research studies how technology reduces frictions in financial markets, and the effect of reducing these frictions on households and small businesses. He received a BS and PhD in Economics from Tulane University. Prior to joining Kellogg, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ofer Malamud

Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy

Affiliation: School of Education and Social Policy

Ofer Malamud is an economist focused on education policy from an international perspective. His research is concentrated in three substantive areas: educational investments over the life course, the role of technology in the formation of human capital and the effect of general and specific education on labor market outcomes. He has studied these topics in a wide range of institutional settings across countries such as Chile, England, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Scotland and the United States.

Kiminori Matsuyama

Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

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

Robert H. Strotz Professor of Economics

Affiliation: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

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

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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.

Jacopo Ponticelli

Associate Professor of Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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

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

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Science

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

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.

Vig Vikrant

Vikrant Vig

Henry D. Bullock Chaired Professor of Finance

Affiliation: Kellogg School of Management

Vikrant Vig is the Henry D. Bullock Chaired Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to this, he was a Term Chair Professor of Finance at the London Business School. His research interest lies at the intersection of Law, Politics, and Organizations. He received his PhD from Columbia University; Master of Finance, MBA, and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois; and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi.

Staff


Muskan Aggarwal

Research Analyst

muskan.aggarwal1@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Hasan Ahamed

Research Analyst

hasan.ahamed@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Saira Ahmad

Administrative Assistant for Dean Karlan

saira.ahmad@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Samuel Ampaw

Postdoctoral Scholar

samuel.ampaw@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Svankita Arora

Research Analyst

svankita.arora@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Paloma Avendano

Research Analyst

paloma.avendano@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Makayla Barker

Research Analyst

makayla.barker@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Lasse Brune

Postdoctoral Fellow

lasse.brune@kellogg.northwestern.edu

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Katie Dallia

Director of Finance, Operations, and Outreach

k-dallia@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Navishti Das

Senior Research Project Coordinator

navishti.das@kellogg.northwestern.edu 


Isabel Oñate Falomir

Research Manager

isabel.onate@kellogg.northwestern.edu 


Liam Frolund

Research Analyst

liam.frolund@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Srishti Gupta

Research Analyst

srishti.gupta@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Govind Gupta

Research Analyst

govind.gupta@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Nathan Haddon

Research Analyst

nathan.haddon@kellogg.northwestern.edu 


Jean-Baptiste Koadima

Research Analyst

jeanbaptiste.koadima@kellogg.northwestern.edu  


Elise Mitchell

Project Coordinator

elise.mitchell@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Deepika Nagesh

Research Manager

deepika.nagesh@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Andre Nickow

Research Manager

a-nickow@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Erin Ntalo

Senior Research Project Coordinator

erin.ntalo@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Finley Ong

Research Analyst

finley.ong@kellogg.northwestern.edu 


Carolina Ortiz

Research Analyst

carolina.ortiz@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Romil Pandey

Research Analyst

romil.pandey@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Julius Ruschenpohler

Postdoctoral Scholar

julius.ruschenpohler@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Osvaldo Soto Franco

Research Analyst

osvaldo.sotofranco@kellogg.northwestern.edu


Lauriane Yehouenou

Research Manager

lauriane.yehouenou@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Visitors


Sneha Stephen

Research Manager

Affiliation: Innovations for Poverty Action; USAID

sstephen@poverty-action.org


Job Openings

The 2023 hiring cycle for full-time Research Analysts is currently closed. More information about 2024 hiring cycle will be coming soon.

Please email poverty-research@northwestern.edu with any questions.

 

We are also currently hiring several undergraduate Research Assistants.

International Development Evidence Database Research Assistantships

The Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) plans to hire several undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) to help create a database of evidence in international development.

URAs will learn how to read academic papers efficiently, to identify fault lines in design and analysis, and will gain expertise in judging the strengths and weaknesses of academic work, specifically in the field of development economics. URAs will codify papers using a custom-made coding tool. This will involve the following tasks: coding information about research design and treatment effects, interacting with supervisors to clarify questions and improve as a coder, and engaging in weekly office hours. This role requires the URA to commit about 12-15 hours per week (adjustments can be made during exam times).

URAs will benefit from ample supervisor time and feedback on their work and will be part of an exciting project that promises to make an important contribution to both policy making and research. Candidates should be proficient at reading empirical academic papers with quantitative analysis, identifying research designs and main findings, and interpreting common statistical analyses. (The coding referred to here is not related to programming in Stata, R, Python, etc.) Candidates with a clear desire to further develop these skills will be preferred.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Andre Nickow (a-nickow@kellogg.northwestern.edu). Please include a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of about five sentences about your experience with academic work in international development.

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