Joseph P. Kaboski is the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on growth, development and international economics, with an emphasis on structural change, finance and development, schooling and growth, microfinance, explaining international relative price patterns, and the role of inventories in international trade.
In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Frisch Medal, awarded biannually for the best paper in the journal Econometrica over the previous five years. He has published scholarly articles in many journals including, the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Human Capital, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow and Board Member of the Bureau of Research in Economics Analysis of Development. He has consulted for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis; the World Bank; the International Monetary Fund; and is a Senior Advisor and Board Member to the research department of the Central Bank of Armenia. He is the president of CREDO, a past consultant to Catholic Relief Services, and is currently a Consultant to the USCCB, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
Growth and development, specifically, structural transformation, finance including microfinance, trade, and education
Three areas: (i) a macroeconomic analysis of large-scale microfinance programs, (ii) an empirical evaluation of a microfinance initiative, (iii) assessing the cause of recent trade collapses
- 2012 Frisch Medal for the paper "A Structural Evaluation of a Large-Scale Quasi-Experimental Microfinance Initiative" (with R. Townsend), Econometrica 79 (September 2011)
Development Day 2021
New Research Lab Aims to Alleviate Global Poverty and Foster Inclusive Economic Growth
Sep 15, 2022
The new Building Inclusive Growth (BIG) Lab, led by Kellogg faculty fellow economists Taryn Dinkelman, Lakshmi Iyer, and Joseph Kaboski, will bring some of the world’s best researchers together to develop innovative, long-lasting, solutions to help vulnerable populations in developing countries.
Kaboski Moderates Discussion Between Catholic Economists Discussing COVID
May 11, 2020
Faculty Fellow Joe Kaboski (economics) moderated a conversation between two Catholic economists who believe ending the widespread stay-at-home orders under the pandemic would align with Catholic social teaching and respond to the needs of vulnerable people in a Catholic News article.
Global Conference Looks At Development, Poverty
Jul 9, 2019
Approximately 40 researchers from around the world gathered at the University of Notre Dame recently for ThReD’s annual conference on poverty and development. The event was co-sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.