Dean Jolliffe works at the World Bank in the Poverty and Inequality unit of the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG). He previously worked in the South Asia Region of the World Bank, the Food Assistance Branch of the Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA, and also as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to ERS, he was an as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (Prague), Consultant at the World Bank, and post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, DC). He is also a Research Affiliate with the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the economics of education and demographic and economic aspects of poverty and health. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2005.