Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT and the author of Poor Economics. He has been named as one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers and has served on the U.N. Secretary-General's panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT and the author of Poor Economics. Duflo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the Infosys Prize, the Dan David Prize, a John Bates Clark Medal, and a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship.
The real meaning of this book by a Nobel-prizewinning duo of economists lies in its method - a patient attempt to take on tough problems through empirical evidence. ...The pair offer insights into thorny global issues ranging from inequality to corruption, all with refreshing humility. * The Economist * Refreshingly original, wonderfully insightful . . . an entirely new perspective * Guardian * An invigorating ride through 21st-century economics and a treasure trove of facts and findings * The Times * Excellent, important, disarmingly down to earth . . . they seek to shed much-needed light upon the distortions that bad economics bring to public debates while methodically deconstructing their false assumptions. * Observer *