Abhijit Banerjee is a Nobel Prize winning economist and author. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize, along with his wife Esther Duflo, “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty". Currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, Abhijit has also taught at Harvard and Princeton. He is also the co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which aims to reduce poverty through evidence-backed policies.
A month after being awarded the Nobel Prize, Abhijit and Esther published Good Economics for Hard Times, which draws from their extensive, groundbreaking research to offer innovative and constructive solutions to modern economic and societal problems. Through their unique method of using evidence-based randomised control trials, the book looks at the common misunderstandings surrounding poverty, immigration and unemployment, and details how it might be possible to alleviate the extreme poverty suffered by so many around the world.
"Banerjee and Duflo have given me even more reason to advocate for a tax system in which the rich pay more taxes than we currently do." Bill Gates