Title: Social Experiments to Fight Poverty: From Research to Policy
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Abstract: Professor Duflo will discuss her research, as she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies.
Biographical Sketch: Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo is a professor at MIT and at Collège de France. She is the second woman to have received the Nobel prize in economics (2019), together with her husband, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer, ten years after Elinor Ostrom (2009). Both women have been pathbreaking by turning their attention to non-Western societies, with a view of studying non-market mechanisms and alleviating poverty. Professor Duflo has introduced new methods into the field of development ecomics, randomized controlled trials (RCT), with a view of eschewing theoretical discussions in favor of experimental facts. Her work has been hugely influential, both on the scientific side, by the careful design of experiments and their statistical interpretation, and on the public policy side, because of their practical and often counter-intuitive conclusions.
This lecture is sponsored by the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Scientists for Palestine and the Center for Palestinian Studies of Columbia University