Joshua Dean researches the interaction of poverty and cognition using primarily randomized controlled trials. Under this broad agenda, his research is grouped into three main categories: how the conditions of poverty shape cognitive development by affecting human capital investment, how environments of poverty impede cognition, and how cognitive processes may impede poverty alleviation. By improving understanding of these relationships, he aims to provide guidance to policymakers on the best ways to alleviate poverty.
Dean is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and has received grants from the Weiss Family Program Fund and George and Obie Shultz Fund. His work has been published in Science and American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings.
Dean received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in addition to a BS degree in economics and BA degrees in mathematics and political science from the University of Kansas. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality (BRIQ) in Bonn, Germany.
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