Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in MIT’s Department of Economics, has been named winner of the 2011 David N. Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).
The award, which recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis, includes a $10,000 prize.
Duflo’s research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation. She co-founded MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), which examines ways to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence.
Duflo is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2010 John Bates Clark Medal for the best economist under 40 and a MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship in 2009.
APPAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.