Keynote Esther Duflo ‘Good Economics for Hard Times’

Start date

Friday, 8 Nov 2019, 11:00

End date

Friday, 8 Nov 2019, 12:30

Theil Building
Campus Woudestein
Esther Duflo

On Friday, 8 November 2019, Professor Esther Duflo will hold a keynote entitled 'Good Economics for Hard Times', which is related to the honorary doctorate she will receive on the same day, during the annual Dies Natalis.

In this keynote, Esther Duflo will introduce ‘Good Economics for Hard Times’, a new book co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, where they draw on the best recent economics to demonstrate how to think about these problems differently, and present intelligent, daring solutions based on sound research into real-life situations , towards a society built on compassion and respect. 

Content of the keynote

Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it. 

Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change-these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. In the past, we’ve turned to economists to solve these large-scale problems, but over the past few decades-and certainly since the 2008 financial crisis-the global citizenry have lost their faith in economists. Yet the resources to address these challenges are there, but what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us.

About Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is Professor of Economics, and co-founder and director at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). A global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies.

Registration / Live stream

Registration for the event is no longer possible. However, there will be a live stream available for this keynote which will start on Friday, 8 November 2019 at 11:00. If you wish to view the live stream please click here

More information

Esther Duflo will receive an honorary doctorate by recommendation of Erasmus School of Economics at the Dies Natalis on Friday, 8 November 2019. More information Dies Natalis can be found on the website of Erasmus University Rotterdam.