Kathleen Beegle is a Lead Economist with the World Bank Gender Group, joining in 2018. She was previously a Human Development Program Leader for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, based in Accra, Ghana. Her research experience includes the study of poverty, labor, economic shocks, and methodological studies on household survey data collection in developing countries. She has expertise in the design and implementation of household surveys and their use for poverty and policy analysis. She recently co-lead the World Bank reports "Realizing the Full Potential of Safety Nets in Africa" and "Poverty in A Rising Africa". Kathleen was Deputy Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2013 on Jobs. She joined the Development Research Group of the World Bank in 2001, where she was a member of the Living Standards Measurement Study team. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and competed a post-doctoral fellowship at RAND.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2008.