Population Council Podcast:
Esther Duflo, 25 May 2011
Pak Sudarno’s big family: Some reflections on population policy in developing countries (1:03)
Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program Seminar Series
Population Council, New York, NY
NOTE: Audience members are not using microphones. Thus, there are short periods of silence during the Q&A session at the end of this podcast. Dr. Duflo restates the question before answering.
Esther Duflo's research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation. She is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massuchussets Institute of Technology and a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs
Duflo shared insights from the newly released Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Fight Against Global Poverty, co-authored with Abhijit V. Banerjee.
She also discussed recent development economics literature on the cause and (individual) consequences of fertility in developing countries. Her troubling findings may prompt discussion on the need for a reappraisal of how best to address population issues among the poor.