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2019 Nobel Prize recipient to deliver annual Marburg Lecture

Dr. Esther Duflo is also a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

By - Oct 28th, 2019 10:44 am
Esther Duflo. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

Esther Duflo. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

MILWAUKEE — Dr. Esther Duflo, professor of poverty alleviation and development economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver Marquette University‘s annual Marburg Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

A recipient of the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Duflo will introduce “Good Economics for Hard Times,” a new book co-authored with Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, where they draw on the best recent economics to demonstrate how to think about these problems differently, and present intelligent, daring solutions based on sound research into real-life situations, towards a society built on compassion and respect.

Duflo is also a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance.

The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online.

The Marburg Lecture series is named in honor of the late Theodore F. Marburg, a long-time member of the economics department. The goal of the lecture is to provide a forum for the discussion of moral, philosophical and social dimensions of economic issues, as well as continue Professor Marburg’s commitment to the economic aspects of peace and justice. The Marburg Lecture is made possible by the generosity of the Marburg family and through the support of the Center for Global and Economic Studies.

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