Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian economist who was a 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics along with Michael Kremer and Esther Duflo. They won the prestigious award for their "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."
He was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988.
He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan. Today, he remains one of the directors of the lab.
In 2009, J-PAL won the BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, an International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.
He received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. He has authored two books as well as a large number of articles and is the editor of a third book. He finished his first documentary film, The Name of the Disease, in 2006.
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