Ariel Kalil
Born (1969-07-18) July 18, 1969 (age 53)
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
Harris School of Public Policy
FieldBehavioral economics,
developmental psychology
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (PhD)
University of Colorado (MA)
University of Wisconsin (BA)
Greg Duncan
Sheldon Danziger

Ariel Kalil (born July 18, 1969) is a behavioral economist and developmental psychologist at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, currently serving as the director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy.[1] She studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. She is an expert in using tools from behavioral economics to influence parenting behavior. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Slate, and The Washington Post.[2][3][4] Along with the Harris School's former dean Susan Mayer, Kalil is the co-director of the Behavioral Insights in Parenting Lab.[5]


Kalil received bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1991, and MA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1993. She then completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan in 1996, followed by a postdoc from at the same institution.[6][1]


Kalil was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 1999. She was promoted to associate professor (with tenure) in 2004, and full professor in 2009. Kalil has also received the following awards:

Kalil is also a contributor to Brookings, Education Next, and Behavioral Scientist.[10] She was previously a board member of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics while at Michigan.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Ariel Kalil | Harris Public Policy". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  2. ^ Wolfers, Justin (2015-04-01). "Yes, Your Time as a Parent Does Make a Difference". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  3. ^ Strauss, Elissa (2016-11-15). "Fewer Americans, Red and Blue, Are Spanking Their Children". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  4. ^ "Giving children computers basically does the opposite of what you expect". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  5. ^ "People | Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab | The University of Chicago". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  6. ^ "Ariel Kalil CV, Nov 2018" (PDF). University of Chicago. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  7. ^ "The Long-Run Impacts of Early Childhood Poverty". Center for Child & Family Policy | Duke University. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  8. ^ "Inequality at Home: The Role of Parenting in the Diverging Destinies of Rich and Poor Children". Center for Child & Family Policy | Duke University. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  9. ^ "Ariel Kalil | Harris Public Policy". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  10. ^ "Ariel Kalil, Columnist at Behavioral Scientist". Behavioral Scientist. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  11. ^ "PSID People". Retrieved 2019-03-17.