A conference and book launch in November bring two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to NYU’s campus.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics went to three professors whose work has focused on reducing poverty. This November, NYU’s Development Research Institute (DRI), an affiliate of NYU Africa House, will host two of those scholars: Michael Kremer (Harvard) and Esther Duflo (M.I.T.) for stimulating events that address the difficult economic problems of the current age.  

On November 7, Kremer will speak at DRI’s Annual Conference, which this year focuses on the growing global scale of experiments. On November 25, Duflo joins DRI for the launch of her new co-authored book with Banerjee, Good Economics for Hard Times, which builds on cutting-edge research in order to demonstrate how to think about pressing economic problems differently.

Thursday, November 7, 9:00 a.m.
2019 DRI Annual Conference: "From Local to Global: The External Validity Challenge of Experiments"

The 2019 Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer—the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in Harvard’s Department of Economics—is among the speakers at this year's DRI Annual Conference, which focuses on the global scale of experiments, and how to generalize results from randomized controlled trials intended for specific times and places.

“This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics has cemented the place of randomized controlled trials as the key tool in assessing what works in development policy,” says DRI co-director Rajeev Dehejia. “The panelists, including this year’s Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer, will discuss the challenges of applying the local knowledge generated by RCT’s to global policy challenges.”

Additional speakers include Susan Athey (Stanford University), and Rohini Pande (Yale University), as well as NYU’s Sylvain Chassang, Rajeev Dehejia, and Cyrus Samii.

The conference is free and open to the public. It will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium (60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor [at LaGuardia Place]). An RSVP is required by Monday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP here.

Monday, November 25, 6:00 p.m.
Book Launch: Good Economics For Hard Times

Esther Duflo
, co-author of Good Economics for Hard Times (with Abhijit V. Banerjee), will discuss her new book. Duflo and Banerjee draw on the best recent economic research to demonstrate how to think about these problems differently, and present intelligent, daring solutions with the aim of encouraging a society built on compassion and respect.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at M.I.T. In 2019, she became the youngest person and only the second woman ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics.

The event is free but an RSVP is required. The book launch takes place at the NYU Silver Center for Arts and Sciences, Hemmerdinger Hall (100 Washington Square East [at Washington Place]).

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About DRI
Founded in 2006, the Development Research Institute at NYU is home to a team of researchers and students who seek to expand the number and diversity of serious commentators on economic development, primarily in emerging economies, but also in the Western and developed worlds. DRI aims to have a positive impact on the lives of the poor, who deserve the benefit of high-quality economic research applied to the problems of world poverty.


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