Dr. Abhijeet Banerjee

Professor

Dr.  Abhijeet Vinayak Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in 2003, along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the labBanerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institutea 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. Banerjee  also served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  

In 2009 he received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. He was also named as one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers in 2011. 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 (www.pooreconomics.com) which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. He is the editor of a fourth book, and finished his first documentary film, "The Name of the Disease" in 2006. 

Dr. Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988.