Esther Duflo receives MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant for transformative work in development economics
Excerpt from MIT News story
by Peter Dizikes
"MIT economist Esther Duflo, whose research has helped change the way governments and aid organizations address global poverty, was named today as a recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship — the prominent 'genius' grant for innovative work.
Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), was one of 24 recipients named this year for their "exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits." MacArthur Fellowships are given to honorees in a wide range of endeavors. They carry a $500,000 purse, which recipients may use as they see fit."
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics