"In an engrossing new book, (Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo) draw on some intrepid research and a store of personal anecdotes to illuminate the lives of the 865m people who, at the last count, live on less than $0.99 a day". --The Economist
"(A) new book by Duflo and co-author Abhijit Banerjee, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, will once more turn the spotlight on actions to tackle poverty. The book aims to make 2011 the year that the "economics of poverty" become a key part of international political discussions." --The Guardian Online
"(W)onderfully insightful and compassionate..."
--The Guardian Online
About the Author
Abhijit V Banerjee was educated in Kolkata, Delhi and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. He is the recipient of many honours and awards, and has been an honourary advisor to many organisations including the World Bank and the Government of India. Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT. She studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and at MIT, and is the recipient of several important awards including a MacArthur "Genius" award (2009) and the John Bates Clark medal awarded annually to the best American economist under 40 (2010). In 2003, Banerjee & Duflo co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), which they continue to direct.