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Karla Hoff

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Karla Hoff teaches behavioral development economics at Columbia University and is working on a book, Malleable Minds: A New Perspective on What Makes Economic and Social Progress Possible. She was Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015 and served in the World Bank's Development Research Group from 1999-2020. She has published papers in the American Economic Review that explain how segregation between renters and homeowners may deepen poverty, how cueing a stigmatized social identity (low caste in India) depresses cognitive performance, and how Big Bang privatization in post-Soviet states impeded the emergence of a political demand for rule of law.

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