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Dr. Abhijit Banerjee

Current Position

Professor of Economics, MIT

Co-founder, J-PAL

Nobel Laureate

Academic Advisory Board, Plaksha University


Harvard University (Ph.D.)

Jawaharlal University (M.A.)

University of Calcutta (B.Sc.)


Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and 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. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize.

Research Interests:

Economic Development 

Information Theory 

Theory of Income Distribution 



2019 Good Economics for Hard Times (with Esther Duflo), New York: PublicAffairs 

2019 What the Economy Needs Now (co-edited with Gita Gopinath, Raghuram Rajan, and Mihir S. Sharma), Delhi: Juggernaut Books. 

2017 Handbook of Field Experiments, Vol. 1 and 2, (with Esther Duflo), North–Holland (an imprint of Elsevier). 

2011 Poor Economics, (with Esther Duflo), New York: PublicAffairs Winner of Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 

2007 Making Aid Work, Cambridge: MIT Press. 

2006 Understanding Poverty (co-edited with Roland Benabou and Dilip Mookherjee), Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. 

2005 Volatility and Growth (with Philippe Aghion), Oxford: Oxford University Press. 


Honoree, A100 List, 2020

2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2020

Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economics in memory of Alfred Nobel, 2019

Jean Jacques Laffont Lecture, AFSE, 2018

Tanner Lecture on Human Values, University of Oxford, 2018

Amlan Dutta Lecture, University of Kolkata, 2018

Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor at University of Oxford, Trinity Term 2015

Bernhard Harms Prize (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), 2014

Honorary Doctoral degree, KU Leuven, 2014

The Albert O. Hirschman Prize (The Social Science Research Council), 2014

Gabarron International Award for Economics, 2013

Sherar Shera Bengali (Best of the Best Bengali) 2012