Register: VC Open Lecture with guest speaker Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Register: VC Open Lecture with guest speaker
Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture with Guest Speaker Amina J. Mohammed
Topic: “Good Economics for Hard Times
Date:     Thursday, 29 April 2021
Time:    18:00 SAST
Platform:    Microsoft Teams

About our speaker:

In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and 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. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and a winner of the Infosys Prize.

Abhijit is the author of many articles and four 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. SecretaryGeneral’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his ground-breaking work in development economics research.

Professor Abhijit Banerjee's research has for the most part focused on economics and economic theory, spanning many sectors of relevance to the South African context such as social protection, labour, education and health.


With a pandemic underway, the daunting outlook of economic contraction on the horizon and rampant climate change, the world is facing hard times. What can economics teach us about recovery in this day and age? Can it be a source for good or is it destined to be confined as a tool for bankers and financiers to make their own personal gains?

From his book “Good Economics for Hard Times”, co-authored with Professor Esther Duflo, Professor Abhijit Banerjee will discuss how economics can be harnessed for the common good to tackle the challenges of today, from boosting growth to tackling inequality, from educational recovery to technological disruption and climate change.