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Esther Duflo: 2010 John Bates Clark Medalist

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Esther Duflo, winner of the 2010 John Bates Clark Medal, has made extraordinary contributions to development economics. She exemplifies and has played a vital role in the renaissance of development economics over the past decade. She has erected and inspired a research apparatus all over the developing world that integrates large-scale field experiments with economic theory to yield important insights for development policy and our understanding of behavior and institutions in developing countries. I'll divide my discussion of Esther's work into four categories: educational production, the economic lives of the poor, women as decisionmakers, and a broad category of market and policy failures. I will then offer some thoughts on Esther's role as a scholar-activist.

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  • Christopher Udry, 2011. "Esther Duflo: 2010 John Bates Clark Medalist," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 25(3), pages 197-216, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:25:y:2011:i:3:p:197-216
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.25.3.197
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    1. Mark R. Rosenzweig, 2012. "Thinking Small: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty : Review Essay," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 50(1), pages 115-127, March.

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