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Abhijit Banerjee Premio Nobel Economía 2019

Experimentation, Science, and the Fight Against Poverty: A 20-Year Retrospective

Conference Tuesday, 30 January de 2024, 19:00 horas Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Attendance is free, but it is necessary prior registration. Limited capacity. Simultaneous interpreting.

Streaming available on YouTube.


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In 2003, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) embarked on a mission to ensure that policies to address poverty were backed by scientific evidence by fostering the design and use of randomised experiments. Twenty years later, that effort gained global recognition, but the need for more evidence-informed social policies, including in Europe, remains pressing. In his upcoming lecture at Fundación Ramon Areces, laureate of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, Abhijit Banerjee, and co-founder of J-PAL, will discuss the challenges and lessons learned over two decades of employing scientific experimentation in the battle against poverty. Banerjee will spotlight how rigorous impact evaluation can shed light on more effective approaches to education, labour market and social protection policies and how to strengthen our response to climate change. He will also highlight how recent advances in applying these methods in Spain can help advance the use of science in framing more nuanced and successful strategies to alleviate social exclusion and poverty across Europe and beyond.

Tuesday, 30 January

19:00 h.


Daniel Santín
Universidad Complutense de Madrid 


Presentation of the speaker

Mónica Martíñez-Bravo
Secretaria General de Inclusión. Ministerio de Inclusión, Seguridad Social y Migraciones



Experimentación, ciencia y lucha contra la pobreza: Una retrospectiva de 20 años.

Abhijit Banerjee

Premio Nobel Economía 2019

  Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee 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, and remains one of the directors of the lab.

Professor Banerjee is the recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, awarded jointly with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

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, 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. Professor Banerjee received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. In 2011, he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers. His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. Banerjee is a member of J-PAL's Executive Committee and previously served as co-chair of J-PAL’s Education Sector.

Abhijit is the author of a large number of articles and five books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Esther Duflo. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. Banerjee has served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a trustee of Save the Children USA and the Chair of the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel and the Global Advisory Board for Covid-19 Response of the government of West Bengal.

Mónica Martínez-Bravo

Mónica Martínez-Bravo has been a professor at the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) since 2013 and the deputy director of the same center since September 2023. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010. She has also been a professor at Johns Hopkins University between 2010 and 2012 and a visiting professor in the economics department of MIT in 2018-2019. Professor MartinezBravo's research areas are development economics and political economy. Her research has been published in some of the top journals in the field of economics, such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. She has given a large number of invited seminars at top universities and regularly participates in major international conferences in her research fields. Monica Martinez-Bravo is a member of several prestigious international academic associations such as BREAD (Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development), IGC (International Growth Center), and CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research), and is an affiliated researcher at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). She is the director and a member of the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies journal and an associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association. She is also a member of the Council of the European Economic Association. In 2022, she was awarded a project from the European Research Council in its Consolidator Grant category. In 2021, she received the Banco Sabadell award for the best economist under 40 years old in Spain and, in 2023, the National Research Award for Young Researchers 'Clara Campoamor', granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation in the field of Law and Economic and Social Sciences. Since 2021, she has collaborated with the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Security, coordinating a team of 16 researchers who provide support in evaluating randomized control trials to promote social inclusion. Since 2023, she has been part of the Advisory Council on Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.





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