Abhijit Banerjee – Visiting Professor for 2015
Educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, it was there that he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is also the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab. In 2009 J-PAL won the BBVA Foundation “Frontier of Knowledge” award in the development cooperation category. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. In 2011, he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 global thinkers. His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. He is the author of a large number of articles and three books, including Poor Economics which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and is also the editor of a fourth book.
The Name of the Disease
In 2006, Banerjee finished his first documentary film, “The Name of the Disease”
Most recently, Banerjee served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor Panel Event
Professor Abhijit Banerjee (Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor) delivers the 2015 Sanjaya Lall Lecture.