Dean Jolliffe is a senior adviser at the World Bank with the Development Economics Data Group. He works with both the Povcal and Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) teams. Previously, he worked in the research group and the South Asia region of the Bank, and before that, he was with the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to ERS, he was an as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (Prague) and post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, DC). He holds positions as an adjunct lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, and as a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2005.