Abhijit banerjee and esther duflo dating
In one project we gave away a kilo of lentils for each immunization given to a child, and it had a huge impact on getting parents to bring their children in for immunizations.Abhijit Banerjee: Ten times – the impact was a factor of ten.Esther Duflo: At this minute I would give it to incentives for immunization.People in very poor countries spend very little on preventive care, maybe for not very good reasons.For once I found myself agreeing with a commenter at Marginal Revolution by the name of Oderus Urungus: “If he [Murray] hasn’t got the sense to present the right public image in light of the public philosophy he advocates, it’s very hard to take him seriously (even if, as I believe, he is substantially correct in his positions).” MIT economics professor Esther Duflo may have learnt a thing or two from Murray’s encounter as she prepared for her own lunch with the FT last weekend.Prof Duflo appears in any case to be an unassuming person, not dramatically changed by her rock stardom in the field of development economics (one can’t tell, but this is the received impression).
Didn’t she also “thrust her hands into opposing sleeves” and tuck her short brown hair behind her ears during the popular TED presentation? Duflo and Banerjee are famous for their use Randomized Control Trials (RCTs). Charles Kenny provides a good summary review (worth reading in its entirety, sections quoted below): A central theme of Banerjee and Duflo’s work is an effort to take people as they are and the rules as they might be (to misquote Rousseau).[Editor’s Note: See also our 2011 extended interview with Banerjee and Duflo] At a recent microfinance conference hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action, the Financial Access Initiative and Yale University, the editors sat down with Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, two of the founders of the Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at MIT.Duflo, Banerjee and the other JPAL economists apply the rigor of randomized controlled trial techniques (the same approach used by the medical industry to determine if a drug or treatment does what it was designed to do) to poverty interventions to identify whether or not a program is effective.Others are based on the idea that the providers are discouraged by the lack of interest among the potential beneficiaries in what they are being offered; these strategies aim at increasing the demand for the services as a way of putting more pressure on the providers.The results of these efforts, taken together, shed light not only on ways to address the problem of absence in the public sector, but also on the underlying reasons for this phenomenon.