Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, MIT
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab.
In 2009 J-PAL won the BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category. Banerjee is a past President of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. In 2011, he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers.
His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. He is the author of a large number of articles and three books, including Poor Economics which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. He is the editor of a fourth book, and finished his first documentary film, "The Name of the Disease" in 2006. Most recently, Banerjee served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Recent work by Abhijit Banerjee
Reducing transport costs and increasing exposure to the labour market leads to job seekers improving targeting in the job search
Microfinance has potentially transformative impacts for some entrepreneurs, especially those who otherwise would be stuck in a poverty trap
A large-scale randomised experiment reveals that temporary health insurance subsidies can improve take-up at no additional cost to the government
How do Indian voters react to information on the qualifications and performance of politicians?
Despite BJP’s demonetisation policy having some negative economic impacts in India, why did they win the Uttar Pradesh state election?
Evidence from Nigeria suggests that TV shows can promote safer sexual practices mainly through learning, rather than social conformity
Abhijit Banerjee discusses the economics and politics behind the 2016 demonetisation in India.