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Abhijit Banerjee

Indian American economist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his B.Sc from the University of Calcutta, his M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and his Ph.D from Harvard University. He is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, with his wife Esther Duflo (also appearing on this list). Together, they are only the sixth married couple to be awarded a Nobel Prize, which they shared with collaborator Michael Kremer in 2019.

His research has focused on poverty and development. Through the Poverty Action Lab, he has conducted many experiments to determine patterns of causality between economic variables. He was chosen by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to assist with the update of the Millennium Development Goals. Banerjee is a member of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty and the Innovations for Poverty Action. He currently serves on the advisory board of Plaksha University.

He has written numerous books and articles, some of which he has written in collaboration with his wife, Esther Duflo. They were awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for honorable mention for their book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, published in 2012. Their most recent book is called Good Economics for Hard Times.

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Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian-born American economist who is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Banerjee shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty". He and Esther Duflo, who are married, are the sixth married couple to jointly win a Nobel Prize.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology

Public University in Kolkata, West Bengal

Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

West Bengal State University

Public Research University in Barasat, West Bengal

University of Calcutta

Public state university in Kolkata, West Bengal

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Public central university in New Delhi, India

Presidency University, Kolkata

Public University in Kolkata, India

University of Burdwan

Public University in Bardhaman, West Bengal

Binghamton University

Public university in New York State

University of Kalyani

Public University in Kalyani, West Bengal

Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Boston University

Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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