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.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11233

This analysis is motivated by recognition that anti-poverty interventions often affect both the level and composition of assets held by beneficiaries. To assess the conventional view that assets uniformly improve childhood development through wealth effects, we use three waves of panel data from Tanzania and test whether different types of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9442
published in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 2016, 14 (2), 141-172

The 2014 release of a new set of purchasing power parity conversion factors (PPPs) for 2011 has prompted a revision of the international poverty line. In order to preserve the integrity of the goalposts for international targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Bank's twin goals, the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9064

With the recent release of the 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) data from the International Comparison Program (ICP), analysts and institutions are confronted with the question of whether and how to use them for global poverty estimation. The previous round of PPP data from 2005 led to a large increase...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6621

Using nationally-representative household survey data and confidential geo-coded data on violence, we examine the linkages between conflict, food insecurity, and food price shocks in Afghanistan. Spatial mappings of the raw data reveal large variations in levels of food insecurity and conflict across the country; surprisingly, food insecurity is not higher...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6481

We investigate the impact of increases in wheat flour prices on household food security using unique nationally-representative data collected in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008. We use a new estimator, the Unconditional Quantile Regression (UQR) estimator, based on influence functions to examine the marginal effects of price increases at different...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5366
published in: Economics and Human Biology, 2011, 9 (3), 342-355

Contrary to conventional wisdom, NHANES data indicate that the poor have never had a statistically significant higher prevalence of overweight status at any time in the last 35 years. Despite this empirical evidence, the view that the poor are less healthy in terms of excess accumulation of fat persists. This...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2678
published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2007, 21 (3), 509-526

How does the relationship between earnings and schooling change with the introduction of comprehensive economic reform? This paper sheds light on this question using a unique data set and procedure to reduce sample selection bias. Our evidence is from consistently coded, non-retrospective data for about 4 million Hungarian wage earners....