Esther Duflo

“Randomized Experiments:  What Do They Say About Development?”

Date:  Friday, November 5

Time:  1:30 – 4:00 pm

Location:  The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

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Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT and a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs, which won the BBVA Foundation “Frontier of Knowledge” award in the development cooperation category.  Duflo is an NBER Research Associate, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and is Director of the Center of Economic Policy Research’s development economics program.  Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation.

Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the John Bates Clark Medal Prize for Research (2003), the “Best French Young Economist Prize” (Le Monde/Cercle des economistes, 2005), the Medaille de Bronze (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2005), and the Prix Luc Durand-Reville (Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2008).  In 2008 – 2009 she was the inaugural holder of the international chair “Knowledge Against Poverty” at the College de France.