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RESCHEDULED - SEI Distinguished Speaker Series: Dean Karlan

Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

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"Pragmatic Optimism: Using Both Heart and Mind to Fight Poverty"


Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. Karlan is on the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, He is Founder and President of, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts. In 2011, Karlan co-authored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Karlan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of financial decision-making, specifically employing experimental methodologies to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in microfinance, health, behavioral economics and charitable giving. In microfinance, he has studied credit impact, interest rate policy, savings product design, credit scoring policies, entrepreneurship training, and group versus individual liability. Karlan received 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. He can be followed on twitter @deankarlan, and blogs regularly on Freakonomics.

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Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative

Launched in 2012, the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business supports the aspirations of students and alumni to impact societal issues and furthers research on how institutions help solve global problems.

As the line between the public and private sectors grows increasingly blurred, a multidisciplinary approach is critical to engage leaders across fields. Through ongoing curricular development, alumni and student programming, and support of faculty pursuits, SEI seeks to foster both the leadership on the ground and rigorous academic research which are vital to addressing the complex issues our society faces.

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