All you need to know about Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee
Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." Here is all you need to know about the Indian-born Nobel laureate:
What does he do
Banerjee is Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also part-president of Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development.
Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. In 2003, he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Banerjee served on the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is the author of several books, including "What the Economy Needs Now" (2019), "Poor Economics" (2011), Making Aid Work (2007). He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films.
Economics runs in the family
Esther Duflo, one of the three recipients of the Nobel, is the co-researcher and wife of Banerjee. She is the second woman and the youngest person to be awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences. The Nobel laureate's father, Dipak Banerjee, taught Economics at Presidency College. His mother, Nirmala Banerjee, is also an economist.