NBER profile: Esther Duflo.
Esther Duflo is a Research Associate in the NBER'S Programs on Children, Education, and Aging and is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in MIT's Economics Department. She is also a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs, which won the 2009 BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category.
Duflo serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and is Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research's development economics program. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation.
Duflo completed her undergraduate studies at L'Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris in 1994, received a master's degree from DELTA in Paris in 1995, and completed a Ph.D. in Economics at MIT in 1999. Upon completing her Ph.D. she was appointed assistant professor of economics at MIT, and has been there ever since, aside from being on leave to Princeton University in 2001-2.
Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the American Economic Association's Elaine Bennett Prize for Research (2003); the "Best French Young Economist Prize" (Le Monde/Cercle des economistes, 2005); the Medaille de Bronze (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2005); and the Prix Luc Durand-Reville (Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2008). In 2008-9 she was the inaugural holder of the international chair "Knowledge Against Poverty" at the College de France.
Duflo has been a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics, and she currently serves as the founding editor of the AEJ Applied Economics.
In her spare time, Esther enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering.