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About Caroline Krafft, PhD

Caroline Krafft is an economist specializing in development economics, primarily labor, education, health, and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa. She collaborates with St. Kate’s students, international non-governmental organizations, and a global network of scholars in her research. Current projects include work on early childhood development, labor market dynamics, life course transitions, human capital accumulation, and fertility. Caroline teaches courses in economics and statistics, and serves as the program director for the Women and International Development major. She is particularly interested in how economics can help societies understand and address social issues, and is writing a textbook on that topic.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Economics and Political Science Department


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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota (2016)
  • Best Paper Award, Labor and Human Development Theme, Economic Research Forum Annual Conference (2014)
  • Lloyd B. Short Award for Best Individual Paper, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (2011)
  • Jernberg Public Service Fellow (2009–2011)
  • Walter H. Judd International Graduate Fellow (Summer 2010)


2015 Ph.D., Applied Economics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
2011 M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Humphrey School of Public Affairs
2007 B.A., Sociology/Anthropology and Classical Languages, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6679


Articles (20)

Books (2)

Book Chapters (8)