Thursday, September 13, 2018

Esther Duflo to Deliver Gruber Lecture October 22 on Policy-making in Developing Countries

Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2018 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice on October 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm. This event is open to the public and registration is available at

Duflo’s lecture “Science Against Poverty: From Action Research to Large-scale Change” will discuss how randomized trials have moved from the evaluation of “proof of concept” strategies to tools to guide policy-making, and how this has changed policy-making in developing countries for the better.

Esther Duflo is a 2009 MacArthur fellow and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies.

With Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which was named Business Book of the Year by The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs in 2011, and has been translated into 17 languages. Duflo is the editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice and the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights feature speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women’s rights.

To learn more about previous Gruber lectures, visit the program’s webpage.