Indian-American MIT Prof Abhijit Banerjee and wife Esther Duflo win Nobel prize in Economics

Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics jointly with his wife Esther Duflo and another economist Michael Kremer, is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Banerjee, born in 1961 in Mumbai, bagged the award for his "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".

The 58-year-old economist received his PhD in 1988 from Harvard University.

He also studied at the University of Calcutta and Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.

In 2003, he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with his French-American wife Duflo, who is also a MIT professor, and Sendhil Mullainathan..

He remains one of the lab's directors, according to the MIT website.

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