In Praise of...Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

The Guardian Notes Strengths of "Poor Economics"
June 6, 2011

The Guardian

An editorial from The Guardian, UK, noted the contribution of Poor Economics authored by CFSP member Abhijit Banerjee and his co-author, Esther Duflo.  The article notes the strength that the randomized trials performed by the J-PAL Poverty Action Lab will contribute to the ongoing evaluation of aid and other research devoted to development economics. They state, "As (the authors) admit, randomistas cannot answer some big questions – how to tackle food prices, for instance. But through lots of microstudies, they make a subtle case for one big argument: aid really can help poor people, provided the money follows the evidence."