Dan Levy

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Faculty Chair , SLATE
Center for International Development
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Dan Levy


Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair of the Kennedy School's SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) Initiative, teaches courses in quantitative methods and program evaluation. He recently directed impact evaluations of girl-friendly school construction programs in Burkina Faso and Niger. He was recently involved in the evaluation of a conditional cash transfer program in Jamaica, a technical assistance project to Mexico's Social Development Ministry (Sedesol), the evaluation of an after-school program in the U.S., and a methodological review of studies comparing the use of various methods to estimate program impacts. He has served as a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, a faculty affiliate at the Poverty Action Lab (MIT), and as consultant to several organizations including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Global Development Network (GDN). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, grew up in Venezuela, and is fluent in Spanish and French.

He also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program titled "Using Evidence to Improve Policy and Programs" aimed primarily at professionals involved in designing, implementing and/or funding social programs.






  • API-209 Advanced Quantitative Methods I: Statistics

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  • API-505M-B Fundamentals of Policy Analysis and Decision Making

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Levy, Dan, and Jim Ohls. "Evaluation of Jamaica's PATH Conditional Cash Transfer Programme." Journal of Development Effectiveness 2.4 (December 2010): 421-441.
    • Moreno, Lorenzo, Larissa Campuzano, Dan Levy, and Randall Blair. "Toward Closing the Evaluation Gap: Lessons Learned from Three Recent Evaluations of Social Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean." Well-being and Social Policy 5.2 (2009): 1-23.
    • Kremer, Michael, and Dan Levy. "Peer Effects and Alcohol Use among College Students." Journal of Economic Perspectives 22.3 (Summer 2008): 189-206.
    • Boisjoly, Johanne, Greg J. Duncan, Michael Kremer, Dan Levy, and Jacque Eccles. "Empathy or Antipathy? The Impact of Diversity." American Economic Review 96.5 (December 2006): 1890-1905.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Levy, Dan, Harounan Kazianga, Leigh Linden, and Matt Sloan. "Impact Evaluation of Burkina Faso's BRIGHT Program, Final Report." Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., May 2009.
    • Levy, Dan, and Jim Ohls. "Evaluation of Jamaica's PATH Programme: Final Report." Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. MPR Reference No. 8966-090, March 2007.

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