Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo is a French economist who is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019, alongside Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Duflo's research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation.


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  1. 1. Poor Economics

    This book delves into the complex world of poverty, challenging conventional wisdom and assumptions about the economic decisions of the poor. Through rigorous analysis and empirical evidence, the authors explore how the poor make choices regarding education, health care, savings, and investments, revealing the logic behind these decisions. They argue that understanding these choices is crucial for designing effective anti-poverty policies. The book advocates for a more nuanced, bottom-up approach to economics, emphasizing the importance of specific, targeted interventions over broad, one-size-fits-all solutions. By combining detailed field research with economic theory, it provides insightful perspectives on how to empower the world's impoverished populations.

    The 9290th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Good Economics For Hard Times

    This book delves into the pressing economic challenges of our time, offering insightful analysis and solutions grounded in rigorous research. The authors, both Nobel laureates, tackle issues such as immigration, inequality, and job automation, debunking common myths and presenting evidence-based strategies for fostering economic growth and reducing poverty. Through a blend of compelling narratives and empirical data, the book argues for the importance of nuanced, informed policymaking that prioritizes human well-being and sustainable development. It serves as a clarion call for economists, policymakers, and the general public to rethink how economic principles can be applied to address the complex problems facing society today.

    The 10046th Greatest Book of All Time