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CSPS Virtual Café Series: A Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Esther Duflo


In 2003, a determined group of researchers set out to prove that to reduce poverty, government policies should be based on more than just theoretical models. Almost 20 years later, these visionaries have created a global social policy movement, and their experimental research has materially improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

In this noteworthy event, world-renowned author, MIT professor and co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics Esther Duflo describes how she and her peers transformed developmental economics and became global change agents, why evaluating poverty-reduction measures using experimental methods was groundbreaking and broadly applicable, and how she and her fellow researchers set out to disprove the idea that innovation needs to be complex and costly.

Participants will be inspired by Esther Duflo's incredible journey and will improve their understanding of evidence-based decision making, the link between research and public policy interventions as well as ethical considerations related to conducting randomized controlled trials on vulnerable groups.

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Esther Duflo, Winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics; Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)


Myra Latendresse-Drapeau, Director General, Transferable Skills, Canada School of Public Service

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