Congratulations to Dean Karlan

Yale economist Dean Karlan recently received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers — the highest honor given by the federal government to young researchers. I believe the prize comes with half a million dollars of research support to use over the next five years.

Dean has been doing important and innovative work, often using field experiments to answer questions related to financial decisions in developing countries.

I would describe Dean as an economist who is under-appreciated by the profession, although he was listed as one of the young hot shots in the field by the Times.


Charles

I loved how 6 of the 13 listed in young hot shots were married.

Hillmer

I saw a presentation by Dean Karlan in Lima/Peru not too long ago, and was impressed by the research he is carrying out.

ja rule

The paper on fundraising rules. Cool findings and design.

Georgette Fontus

Charlotte, Dean Karlan really deserve that, and congrat to Mr Levit.

Bob

Half a million over 5 years doesn't sound like very much to me, especially for such a prestigious award. Though I imagine it makes it easier to get other sources of funding.

The chemistry lab I work in has six PhD students, two undergrads, and four post-docs working for a 28 year old professor. We burn about $700k/year. The cost of research in the social sciences must be much less.

RR

I had the opportunity to take a class with Dean Karlan--he was smart, dynamic and a very nice person.

Congratulations to all the young scientist and engineering hotshots!

Guillaume ARNOULD

Dear Mr Levitt,

I agree with you and the times, those researchers are among the most interesting economists today.

Yet I suppose there are fashion issues in economics as in everything, who cares about central planning today ?

S. Heaton

Karlan is really great and congrats to him but the "young hot shots" phenomenon irritates me. They are all very good, to be sure, but I think that it's a little early to anoint these people as leaders in the field: especially when it seems like a lot of it is driven by schools that have a habit of self-promoting to the point of obnoxiousness. The Clark Medal definitely makes sense -- anything before 5 to 10 years of being out is a little premature.

Charles

I loved how 6 of the 13 listed in young hot shots were married.

Hillmer

I saw a presentation by Dean Karlan in Lima/Peru not too long ago, and was impressed by the research he is carrying out.

ja rule

The paper on fundraising rules. Cool findings and design.

Georgette Fontus

Charlotte, Dean Karlan really deserve that, and congrat to Mr Levit.

Bob

Half a million over 5 years doesn't sound like very much to me, especially for such a prestigious award. Though I imagine it makes it easier to get other sources of funding.

The chemistry lab I work in has six PhD students, two undergrads, and four post-docs working for a 28 year old professor. We burn about $700k/year. The cost of research in the social sciences must be much less.

RR

I had the opportunity to take a class with Dean Karlan--he was smart, dynamic and a very nice person.

Congratulations to all the young scientist and engineering hotshots!

Guillaume ARNOULD

Dear Mr Levitt,

I agree with you and the times, those researchers are among the most interesting economists today.

Yet I suppose there are fashion issues in economics as in everything, who cares about central planning today ?

S. Heaton

Karlan is really great and congrats to him but the "young hot shots" phenomenon irritates me. They are all very good, to be sure, but I think that it's a little early to anoint these people as leaders in the field: especially when it seems like a lot of it is driven by schools that have a habit of self-promoting to the point of obnoxiousness. The Clark Medal definitely makes sense -- anything before 5 to 10 years of being out is a little premature.