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Speaker Series with Esther Duflo: Good Economics for Warmer Times

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On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Stanford King Center on Global Development will host a Speaker Series on Good Economics for Warmer Times with 2019 Nobel laureate Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT.

Professor Duflo will discuss the disproportionate impact of climate change on people in poverty, and why countries need to invest in policy innovation, not just technological innovation, to confront it. She will highlight why evidence on the impact of climate solutions is crucial for effective and equitable climate action.

About the Speaker

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment, and governance.

About the Moderator

Arun Majumdar is the inaugural Dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. He is the Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Science and Engineering, and a Senior Fellow and former Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy. His current research focuses on redox reactions and systems that are fundamental to a sustainable energy future, multidimensional nanoscale imaging and microscopy, and an effort to leverage modern AI techniques to develop and deliver energy and climate solutions.

Portrait of Esther Duflo by Bryce Vickmark.

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