Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Duflo, Esther
Location Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Primary Field Economic Sciences
 Election Citation
Duflo is a leader in development economics and in the design and evaluation of social policies in developing nations. She has pioneered the use of randomized controlled trials to evaluate social programs and international aid initiatives, especially in the fields of education, health, and environmental protection.
 Research Interests
Esther Duflo's research laboratory, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), is a network of more than 140 affiliated professors from over 40 universities. Their mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL engages with partners around the world to conduct rigorous research, build capacity, share policy lessons, and scale up effective programs. J-PAL was launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. For more information, visit

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