Esther Duflo
#2928 Overall Influence

Esther Duflo

French economist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Esther Duflo is Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a B.A. from École normale supérieure in Paris, an M.A.S. from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2019, Duflo, along with collaborators Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for their work conducting trial experiments to alleviate poverty. She is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab which, with offices in Paris and India, trains researchers to develop and conduct experiments to better understand the most effective development strategies.

Her particular interest and work in India have yielded important insights into the causes and solutions of poverty. She is the director for the development economics program at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and a member of the Human Capital Research Program at the International Growth Center. She is widely respected for her contributions to economics and her work to improve the economic status of women, and was named as one of 2012′s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2015, she received the prestigious A.SK Social Sciences Award of $200,000 from the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Center.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences

French higher education institution

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What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • Good Economics for Hard Times
  • Poor Economics

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How’s this person influential?
#76 World Rank