Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Esther Duflois 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 inhistory and economics from Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. She subsequently received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in1999.Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of AlfredNobel (with co-Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer), 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 wrotePoorEconomics:ARadicalRethinkingoftheWaytoFightGlobalPoverty, 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, and the recently releasedGoodEconomicsforHardTimes.Duflo is the Editor of theAmericanEconomicReview, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.