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Arlitt Lecture by Esther Duflo

Fri, February 26, 2010 | Avaya Auditorium ACE 2.302, 201 East 24th Street, Austin, Texas 78712

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation.

Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009) and just named The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Unlike traditional economists who test new aid products under laboratory conditions, Duflo, hailed as "the new face of French intellectualism," tests products in the field, with all the interference and compounding data points that go with it. She has turned her methods on the questions like whether it's best to give away or sell mosquito nets, whether grandfathers or grandmothers are more likely to spend on the health of their families, and what incentives work for vaccination. As co-founder of MIT's Poverty Action Lab, Duflo is imposing new rigor on everything from women's empowerment to computer-assisted learning: "We are trying to raise expectations but make them real."


The William H. Arlitt, Jr. Lectureship was established in 1988 by the family of
Mr. William H. Arlitt, Jr. (BBA 1937), to support lectures in economics.

Organizer: Department of Economics
Sponsors: Department of Economics
Center for Women’s & Gender Studies
Population Research Center
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Sponsored by: Department of Economics, Population Research Center

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