Indian-origin Economist Abhijit Banerjee Wins The Nobel Prize, Becomes The Second Indian-origin Economist To Have This Honour


Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” This makes Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo the sixth married couple to win the Nobel Prize. The first would be Pierre Curie and Marie Curie who won the award in 1903 for their discovery of radium and polonium. The last time a couple won the award together would be in 2014, when May Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Born in 1961, Banerjee is an alumnus of South Point School, Presidency College and Jawahar Lal Nehru University. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. He also served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the website said. Ms. Duflo is a French-American economist and has co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab with Banerjee. Several political leaders across the political spectrum have also extended their greetings to Mr. Banerjee and his wife, Ms. Duflo.


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