Abhijit V. Banerjee

Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab


India

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan; he remains one of J-PAL’s Directors. Abhijit is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his groundbreaking work in development economics.

Abhijit is the author of a large number of articles and five books, including Poor Economics and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Esther Duflo. Banerjee has served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a trustee of Save the Children USA and the Chair of the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel and the Global Advisory Board for Covid-19 Response of the government of West Bengal.