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Esther Duflo: Poor Economics

Rethinking Anti-Poverty Policy

Date of Lecture: October 27, 2011

Esther DufloAbout the Speaker: Esther Duflo is Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies.

About the Talk: Discussing her book "Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty," co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, Duflo explains how randomized trials of strategies to address poverty yield proven outcomes that sometimes contradict anti-poverty policy.

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