School of Economics

'Beyond Poor Economics' with Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

The MacCaLM project is delighted to welcome Professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee to Edinburgh for a public lecture 'Beyond Poor Economics' on Thursday 31 May.

Book cover for Poor Economics
Surgeons' Hall, Nicholson St., Edinburgh

Professor Esther Duflo is Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT and Co-Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Professor Duflo has ties to CEPR, NBER and BREAD. Professor Duflo’s research seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, she aims to assist in designing and evaluating social policies. In 2010 she presented a TED Talk on social experiments to fight poverty.

Professor Abhijit Banerjee is Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, Co-Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Trustee of Save the Children. His research focuses on development economics and economic theory. Professor Banerjee has previously served as a member of the United Nations High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 2012 – 2013 and Panel for the Evaluation of World Bank Research. In 2011 Professor Banerjee was named in Foreign Policy Magazine’s top 100 global thinkers and was featured in The Economist.

In 2011 Professors Duflo and Banerjee wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, a seminal work best described as ‘Freakonomics for the billion people on earth who live on less than a dollar a day’. Their talk, ‘Beyond Poor Economics’ picks some of the threads of the topics explored in their previous work.

Please email to register. Please note that registration closes on Thursday 17 May.