RAND Distinguished Speaker Series

Experiments, Science, and the War Against Poverty

market in Timor-Leste, photo courtesy of United Nations Development Programme


March 4, 2010


5:00 p.m. – Registration
5:30 p.m. – Program


RAND Corporation
Santa Monica, CA

About the Speaker

Esther Duflo is a recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship—popularly known as the "genius" grant—for her innovative work on poverty and policy. She was named one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals in the November 2009 edition of Foreign Policy magazine, and listed by The Economist as one of the world's top 8 young economists. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including the often disparate impact of economic interventions and social policies on women and children in developing nations. Duflo is a founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs.

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