A book by MIT professor Pauline Maier "detailing the bare-knuckled political brawl by America's Founding Fathers to win ratification of the Constitution has received the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize." This piece originated with the AP and ran in multiple outlets, including the Washington Post.
"A preliminary report on a study that Anne E.C. McCants from Massachusetts Institute of Technology is undertaking on the economics of cathedral building in the late Middle Ages" is referenced in this piece about gothic cathedrals.
Poor Economics WNYC (AP) | May 27, 2011
"Esther Duflo, professor of poverty alleviation and development economics at MIT, and Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at MIT, authors of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, talk about the complicated nature of poverty and how understanding poverty contributes to better policy." Audio is included. Read More
Esther Duflo’s refreshing perspective on fighting poverty World Bank Blogs | May 25, 2011
A quiet revolution is needed to help pull people out of poverty in many developing countries, since it will be well nigh impossible to replicate export-led success stories like we’ve seen in parts of Asia. Also, even though policies, politics, and corruption are knotty issues that often block progress, there is scope for tweaking institutions at the margins in ways that will improve the status of poor people. These were some of the takeaways I gleaned from the Development Economics lecture yesterday by Esther Duflo, MIT Economics Profession and co-founder of the JPAL Poverty Lab. Read More