Faculty Affiliate Dr. Dean Spears
Dean Spears is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UT Austin, where he is an affiliate of Innovations for Peace and Development and of the Population Research Center, and is a visiting economist at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. He is a development economist and economic demographer who studies early-life health and human capital formation, environmental economics, and population. With Diane Coffey, Spears co-founded and co-directs a research non-profit called r.i.c.e., a research institute for compassionate economics, which works towards evidence-based policy for child health and human development in India. Coffey and Spears are the recipients of the 2017 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences for their book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste.