2019 Nobel Prize in Economics and Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT
Esther Duflo is the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics recipient with her husband, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer. She is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance.
Professor Esther Duflo’s first degrees were in history and economics from Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. She subsequently received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1999.
Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences (2015), the A.SK Social Science Award (2015), Infosys Prize (2014), the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal (2010), and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (2009).
With Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011 and has been translated into more than 17 languages.
Duflo is the Editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
Esther Duflo is a renowned development economist whose life work has been focused on alleviating global poverty. Join 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Esther Duflo, on this fascinating talk which aims to answer questions like: Why would a man in Morocco who doesn’t have enough to eat buy a television? Why is it so hard for children in poor areas to learn even when they attend school? Why do the poorest people in the Indian state of Maharashtra spend 7 percent of their food budget on sugar? Does having lots of children actually make you poorer? Based on her bestselling book translated to 17 languages and more than fifteen years of research with her husband in dozens of poor countries around the globe, Esther Duflo will shot the specific problems that come with poverty and offer proven solutions. Duflo argues that too many anti-poverty policies have failed because of a poor understanding of poverty. With an optimistic ending message that poverty can be - and should be won - prof. Duflo will transform the way you think of poverty and help your audience fight for building a better world without it.
Social Experiments to Fight Poverty
2019 Nobel Prize co-recipient winner in Economics, Esther Duflo, has dedicated her life researching poverty and how it can be fought. Drawing from her more than 15 years of experience and work in dozens of poor countries all over the world, prof. Duflo has come up with social experiments that can successfully fight it. Join Esther Duflo in this fascinating speech to motivate your audience in finding creative and innovative ways of fighting poverty to create a better world for everyone.