Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee | After Poor Economics
A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty.
Abhijit Banerjee 7:45
Esther Duflo 32:00
For more than fifteen years the founders of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Esther Duflo (MIT), have worked with the poor in dozens of countries spanning five continents, trying to understand the specific problems that come with poverty and to find proven solutions. Through a careful analysis of a very rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo’s lab has pioneered, they show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives. Their mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.
This keynote lecture was made possible by the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich alongside its partners UBS Center for Economics in Society and Swiss Re
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