This Debate on Equality will take place on January 21, 2021, 6-7:30 pm on Zoom. It will be dedicated to the presentation of the book “Good Economics for Hard Times“, by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. The debate is jointly organized with Seuil (French publishing house) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). It will be held in English and introduced by Lucas Chancel.


Summary of “Good Economics for Hard Times” by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

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. 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.

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, the authors of the prize-winning Poor Economics (2011), take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for intelligent forms of intervention, based on sound research into real-life situations; and a society built on compassion and respect. It shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.


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About Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

? Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo are internationally renowned professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They are also co-founders and co-directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). They received in 2019 the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences.

Event details

?  (English version) Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Good Economics for Hard Times, Harvard University Press, November 2019.

?  (Version française) Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Économie utile pour des temps difficiles“, Seuil, March 2020.

? Thursday, January 21st, 2021 – 6 to 7:30 PM  (CET)

? This event will be held via ZOOM.

? The conference will be held in English.