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Abhijit Banerjee

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Last updated on 14 August 2020

Indian American Economist, 2019 Nobel Laureate in Economics along with Esther Duflo of MIT and Micheal Kremer of Harvard University for their Experimental approach in alleviating Global Poverty.

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee currently the Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was born Bombay, Maharastra to Dipak & Nirmala Banerjee both Professors of Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences respectively. Abhijit received his schooling from South Point High School in Calcutta. After schooling, he completed his Bsc(H) degree in Economics from Presidency College in 1981. Then in 1983 Completed his M.A in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Later he obtained a PhD in Harvard University in 1988.

Abhijit, Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), in 2009 which won the BBVA Foundation, ‘Frontier of Knowledge’ award . His work focusses on Economics development which are practical in life. He has worked on Poverty in India, focussing on Healthcare and education. Banerjee has been 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 and so. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Infosys Prize in Social Sciences and Economics in the year 2009. In 2011, he was among top 100 global thinkers in Foreign policy Magazine. He received the Bernhard-Harms prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2014. His research and works in Economics where praisable such that he got Nobel in 2019.

Professor Banerjee has written some amazing books like Poor Economics, Good Economics for hard times both co-authored with Esther Duflo his wife and collegue. He’s a critic of Government policies and decisions like Demonetization and Gst Implementation. Being a Member of state govt. Global Advisory Board for Covid Response Policy, urged people to wear mask, wash hands at regular interval and maintain physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID19 in Bengal.

Written by –

Kikanshu Digarsey

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