President's Global Development Council

Esther Duflo

Dr. Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. In addition, Dr. Duflo is the Director of the development economics program at the Center for Economic Policy Research, and also serves as the editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She co-authored Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011. She was awarded a Fellowship from the MacArthur Fellows Program in 2009 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 2010. She holds an undergraduate degree from L’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, a Master’s degree from EHSEES in Paris, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.