Evening talk

Wednesday 6 November 2019


Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel economics laureate

Better answers to the biggest challenges of our time

Immigration and inequality, slowing growth and climate change – these are sources of anxiety across the world. We have the resources to address these great challenges, but lack the bold ideas that will help us overcome the distrust that divides us. If we fail, the potential losses are incalculable. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude.

In this talk, hosted by our partners at how to: Academy, 2019 Nobel laureate Esther Duflo will build on cutting-edge research in economics to explain the real sources of our present troubles – and make a persuasive case for intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect.

Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT and the author of Poor Economics.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and has received numerous academic honours and prizes including the Infosys Prize, the Dan David Prize, a John Bates Clark Medal, and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship.

"without spending some time understanding… the intricacy of the lives of the poor and why they make the choice that they make, and why something that might seem at first surprising makes a lot of sense in a particular logic, it is impossible to design the right approach."

Esther Duflo