Esther Duflo

Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, Founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs. 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 awards including the John Bates Clark Medal in 2010, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, the American Economic Association’s Elaine Bennett Research Prize in 2003, and the Best French Young Economist Prize from Le Monde and the Cercle des Economistes in 2005. She was also named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.

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