Paul Niehaus

J-PAL Affiliated Professor

Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego

Paul Niehaus is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego.

He is Chancellor's Associates Endowed Chair in Economics at UC San Diego and an affiliate of BREAD, CEGA, J-PAL, and the NBER. His research examines the design, implementation, and impact of anti-poverty programs at large scales.

He is also co-founder of a series of companies working to amplify capital flows to emerging markets. He is co-founder, former president, and current director at GiveDirectly, the leading international NGO specialized in digital cash transfers and consistently rated one of the most impactful ways to give. He subsequently co-founded and served as a director of the enterprise payments company Segovia and the digital remittance company Taptap Send.

Paul is a recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and has been named a "Top 100 Global Thinker" by Foreign Policy magazine and one of Vox's "Future Perfect 50." He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Paul has served as a lecturer at J-PAL training events and on J-PAL's Innovations in Government Initiative (IGI) Review Board.