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Nationality  Indian
Name  Abhijit Banerjee
Field  Development economics
Role  Economist
Influences  Esther Duflo
Spouse  Esther Duflo (m. 2015)
Influenced  Esther Duflo


Born  February 1961 (age 54)Kolkata, India
Institution  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater  Harvard University Jawaharlal Nehru University Presidency College, Calcutta
Books  Poor Economics, Making Aid Work
Organizations founded  Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Awards  Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
Education  Harvard University (1988), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Similar People  Esther Duflo, Sendhil Mullainathan, Rohini Pande, Dilip Mookherjee, Michael Kremer

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Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (Bengali: অভিজিৎ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়; born 1961) is an Indian economist. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. Banerjee is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (along with economists Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan), a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action, and a member of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty. Banerjee was a president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an international research fellow of the Kiel Institute, fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow at the Econometric Society. He also has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He is the co-author of Poor Economics.

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Early life

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Banerjee was born in Kolkata, India, to Nirmala Banerjee, a professor of economics at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Dipak Banerjee, a professor and the head of the Department of Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta.

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He attended South Point School and Presidency College, Calcutta, where he completed his B.S. degree in economics in 1981. Later, he completed his M.A. in economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi in 1983. Later, he went on to obtain a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard in 1988. The subject of his doctoral thesis was "Essays in Information Economics."

Career

Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after he had taught at Harvard University and Princeton University.

His work focuses on development economics. Together with Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, John A. List, and Sendhil Mullainathan, he has proposed field experiments as an important methodology to discover causal relationships in economics.

He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He also was honoured with the Infosys Prize 2009 in the social sciences category of economics. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Infosys Prize in the category of social sciences (economics).

In 2013, he was named by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to a panel of experts tasked with updating the Millennium Development Goals after 2015 (their expiration date).

Books

  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (with Esther Duflo), PublicAffairs, New York, 2011. ISBN 978-1-61039-040-8
  • "Making Aid Work, The MIT Press, A Boston Review Book, 2007. ISBN 978-0-262-02615-4
  • Since 2010

  • The Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence From a Randomized Evaluation
  • June 2010 Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, and Cynthia Kinnan

  • Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia
  • May 2010 Abhijit Banerjee, Vivi Alatas, Rema Hanna, Benjamin Olken, and Julia Tobias

  • The Shape of Temptation: Implications for the Economic Lives of the Poor
  • April 2010 Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mullainathan

  • Giving Credit Where it is Due
  • March 2010 Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

    2000 to 2009

  • Improving Health Care Delivery in India
  • November 2009 Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

  • Marry for What? Caste and Selection in Modern India
  • 2009 Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Maitreesh Ghatak, and Jeanne Lafortune

  • The Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, and Cynthia Kinnan May 2009

  • Parochial Politics: Ethnic Preferences and Politician Corruption
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Rohini Pande 2009

  • Corruption
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, and Sendhil Mullainathan February 2009

  • Why Does Missallocation Persist?
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Benjamin Moll February 2009

  • A Capitalist Knows Who To Call
  • A. Banerjee 2008, M. Kinsley, Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and Other Economic Leaders, pp. 161–165.

  • Why fighting poverty is hard
  • September 2008 Abhijit Banerjee

  • Big Answers for Big Questions: The Presumption of Growth Policy
  • Abhijit Banerjee September 2008

  • The Experimental Approach to Development Economics
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo September 2008

  • Pitfalls of Participatory Programs:Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Stuti Khemani August 2008

  • Mandated Empowerment: Handing Antipoverty Policy Back to the Poor?
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo June 2008

  • Why Has Unemployment Risen in the New South Africa
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Sebastian Galiani, Jim Levinsohn, Zoe McLaren, and Ingrid Woolard June 2008

  • Making Aid Work
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Ruimin He May 2008

  • Do Firms Want to Borrow More? Testing Creit Constraints Using a Directed Lending Program
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo May 2008

  • Improving Immunization Coverage in Rural India: A Clustered Randomized Controlled Evaluation of Immunization Campaigns with and without Incentives
  • May 2010 Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, and Dhruva Kothari

  • Limited Attention and Income Distribution
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mullainthan January 2008

  • Aging and Death under a Dollar a Day
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo December 2007

  • What is Middle Class about the Middle Classes Around the World?
  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo December 2007

  • Public Action for Public Goods
  • A. Banerjee, L. Iyer, and R. Somanathan September 2006, Handbook of Development Economics, Vo. 4

  • The Economic Lives of the Poor
  • A. Banerjee and E. Duflo April 2006, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vo. 21(1), pp. 141–167

  • Updated Table (17 March 2008) for Economic Lives of the Poor and What is Middle Class about the Middle Classes Around the World?
  • with Esther Duflo

  • Comment on Buiter-Patel
  • April 2006, India Policy Forum, Vo. 2

  • The Paradox of Indian Growth: A comment on Kochar, et al.
  • A. Banerjee July 2006, Journal of Monetary Economics, Vo. 53(5), pp. 1021–1026

  • The Political Economy of Public Goods: Some Evidence from India
  • A. Banerjee and R. Somanathan April 2006

  • Growth Theory through the Lens of Development Economics
  • A. Banerjee and E. Duflo December 2005, Published: Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 1a. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 473–552

  • Remedying Education Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments in India
  • A. Banerjee, S. Cole, E. Duflo, and L. Linden December 2005, NBER Working paper 11904 Addressing Absence A. Banerjee and E. Duflo May 2005, Published: Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vo. 20 (1), pp. 117–132

  • Bank Financing in India
  • A. Banerjee, S. Cole, and E. Duflo 2005, India's and China's Recent Experience with Reform and Growth, Wanda Tseng, and David Cowen, eds.

  • Bank Financing in India
  • A. Banerjee, S. Cole and E. Duflo 2005, India's and China's Recent Experience with Reform and Growth, Wanda Tseng, and David Cowen, eds.

  • Inequality and Investment
  • A. Banerjee December 2004

  • Notes Toward a Theory of Industrialization in the Developing World
  • A. Banerjee October 2004, Marjit, S. and N. Banerjee (Eds.) Development, Displacement and Disparity: India in the Last Quarter of the Century, pp. 139–159

  • History, Social Divisions and Public Goods in Rural India
  • A. Banerjee, L. Iyer, and R. Somanathan 2004

  • History, Institutions and Economic Performance: The Legacy of Colonial Land Tenure Systems in India
  • A. Banerjee and L. Iyer October 2004

  • What do banks (not) do
  • A. Banerjee and E. Duflo September 2004

  • Do Firms Want to Borrow More? Testing Credit Constraints Using a Directed Lending Program
  • A. Banerjee and E. Duflo August 2004

  • Banking Reform in India
  • A. Banerjee, S. Cole, and E. Duflo June 2004

  • Bank Financing in India
  • A. Banerjee, S. Cole, and E. Duflo October 2003

  • Top Indian Incomes, 1956–2000
  • A. Banerjee and T. Piketty June 2003

  • Strategy For Economics Reform in West Bengal
  • A. Banerjee, P. Bardhan, K. Basu, M. Ghatak, et al. October 2002, Economic and Political Weekly of India, 12 October 2002

  • The Uses of Economic Theory: Against a Purely Positive Interpretation of Theoretical Results
  • A. Banerjee May 2002 A Corporate Balance-Sheet Approach to Currency Crises P. Aghion, P. Bacchetta, and A. Banerjee November 2001

  • Caste, Community and Collective Action: The Political Economy of Public Good Provision in India
  • A. Banerjee and R. Somanathan September 2001

    Before 2000

  • Herd Behavior and the Reward for Originality
  • A. Banerjee Unpublished Mimeo, May 1989

  • On Frequent Flyer Programs and other Loyalty-Inducing Economic Arrangements
  • A. Banerjee and L. Summers Harvard University Discussion Paper, 1337, September 1987

    References

    Abhijit Banerjee Wikipedia


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