Abhijit Banerjee

Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, 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. Banerjee is also a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development.

Banerjee is an Indian economist whose 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. He received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics.

In 2003 Banerjee founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab(J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and 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.