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Wednesday, 12th August, 2020
Abhijit V. Banerjee
Abhijit V. Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab with Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize. Banerjee is the author of a large number of articles and four books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Duflo. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. Banerjee has served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his groundbreaking work in development economics research.
Poor Economics: The Human Toll :
Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo in conversation
Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for their work on poverty alleviation. They speak of the human toll of the pandemic in the world economy and the global south, and discuss measures and strategies to fight back the catastrophe, including the concept of a universal ultra basic income.