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Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan

Keynote Speaker: Behavioral Economist, Social Entrepreneur & Author

Dean Karlan Biography

A professor of economics at Yale University, Dean Karlan is the founder and president of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a nonprofit organization that designs and evaluates programs to help fight world poverty. Originally created in 2002, IPA has projects in over 40 countries today.

In conjunction with his work and research for IPA, Karlan co-wrote More Than Good Intentions: Improving the Ways the World's Poor Borrow, Save, Farm, Learn, and Stay Healthy along with Jacob Appel. In it, he combines behavioral economics with worldwide field research that take readers into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines, where economic theory collides with real life. He shows how small changes in banking, insurance, healthcare, and other development initiatives that take into account human irrationality can drastically improve the well-being of poor people everywhere.

Combining his academic background with hands-on field experiments, Dean Karlan is a unique voice in the discussion of global economics and poverty. In his insightful keynotes, he addresses economic and policy issues relevant to developing countries, domestic charitable fundraising, and political participation, and lets audiences know what they can do to help in the fight to end poverty.

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How to book Dean Karlan?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dean Karlan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dean Karlan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dean Karlan or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dean Karlan?

Booking fees for Dean Karlan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dean Karlan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dean Karlan?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dean Karlan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dean Karlan for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dean Karlan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dean Karlan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dean Karlan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Business Ethics and Economy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dean Karlan for live events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Dean Karlan can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ralph Nader, Joseph Stiglitz and John Zogby. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dean Karlan for an upcoming event.

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Dean Karlan Speaking Topics

  • Using Behavioral Economics to Help People Lead the Lives They Want to Lead

    Behavioral economics recognizes that people do not always do the things they say they want to do – and then later regret it. Commitment contracts are a way to make vices more expensive and virtues cheaper by binding your future self – much like Odysseus did to resist the temptation of the sirens on his famous journey.

    Keynote speaker Dean Karlan created stickK.com in 2008, a website that allows individuals to write a contract in which they (a) set a goal, (b) put up (optional) cash stakes and say where the money will go (anti-charities are popular), (c) name a referee, and (d) name supporters who are informed if they succeed or fail. In this talk, he explains how principles from stickK.com and can be used to help nonprofits fundraise and corporations improve employee wellness, through positive incentive programs for everything from completing health appraisals to losing weight to maintaining a work/family balance.

  • Behavioral Economics & Consumer Behavior: How to Optimize Products, Services & Customer Satisfaction

    There is huge debate in America on how to help consumers make better decisions, avoid foreclosure, and not be overindebted. This debate is for the poor, who find themselves using expensive payday loans and check cashers, as well as the middle class who just can't seem to get out of credit card debt. For corporate America, the question remains: how to balance offering "good" products to consumers while also helping consumers do better for themselves.

    In this speech, keynote speaker Dean Karlan explains how behavioral economics can be used to solve this question. Behavioral economics can make us better, but it requires careful attention to the way we design products and the way we market them. Karlan describes how to think like consumers, for consumers, to help create loyal and financially healthy consumers.

  • More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

    When it comes to global poverty, people are passionate and polarized. At one extreme: We just need to invest more resources. At the other: We've thrown billions down a sinkhole over the last 50 years and accomplished almost nothing.

    In this speech based on his book of the same name, Dean Karlan presents a new approach that blazes an optimistic and realistic trail between these two extremes. Through careful integration of ideas from both behavioral and traditional economics, and rigorous evaluation and data collection, Karlan presents evidence from around the world on how to tackle poverty, explaining that sometimes the most popular ideas aren't the best. Karlan will explore evidence from microfinance, health, insurance, and agriculture, and will work to help see that, while good intentions are great, we need more than good intentions to do the best that we can in the fight against poverty.

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How to book Dean Karlan?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dean Karlan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dean Karlan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dean Karlan or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dean Karlan?

Booking fees for Dean Karlan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dean Karlan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dean Karlan?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dean Karlan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dean Karlan for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dean Karlan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dean Karlan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dean Karlan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Business Ethics and Economy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dean Karlan for live events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Dean Karlan can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ralph Nader, Joseph Stiglitz and John Zogby. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dean Karlan for an upcoming event.

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