Abhijit Banerjee is an economist from America. Abhijit’s full name is Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, of Indian descent, and he is currently a professor of economics at the Ford Foundation’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Harvard University and Princeton University, Abhijeet Banerjee also tutored. In October of 2019, Juggernaut Books published his book “Good Economics for Hard Times” in India. The author of the book “Poor Economics” that ended up winning the Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award is also Banerjee. He was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for Abhijit’s work in developmental economic analysis. A total of eight books have been written (authored and co-edited) by Abhijit Banerjee. In 2014, the Kiel Center for the Global Economy awarded Abhijit with the Bernhard-Harms-Prize.In 2014, Abhijit was honored with the Bernhard-Harms-Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
Date of Birth: February 21, 1961
Abhijit Banerjee Career Details
In 1991, Abhijit Banerjee began his first term at Harvard University. Abhijit was a Harvard Assistant Visiting Professor for the subject of Economics. The following year in 1992, Abhijit Banerjee was promoted to Assistant Professor of Economics and pursued his career as a Harvard professor until the next year. Before joining Harvard, Abhijit was a Professor of Economics at Princeton University from the year 1988 to 1992. Abhijit Banerjee, with his new partner and wife, Esther Duflo, and Prof. Sendhil Mullainathan, is one of the founding members of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory which was established with the help of these three in 2003. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab is set up to involve in worldwide research for alleviating poverty. Abhijit Banerjee was also a supporter of the Post-2015 Growth Agenda High-level Panel of the United Nations. He was chosen by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.
In 2005, Abhijit Banerjee released Volatility and Growth, his first book (with Philippe Aghion). The second book, Knowing Poverty, was published by Abhijit the following year (co-edited with Roland Benabou and Dilip Mookherjee). The most recent book by Abhijit dates back to 2019-Good Economics for Rough Times (with Esther Duflo) last year. Abhijit also collaborated on another book the same year, What the Economy Wants Today. Abhijit Banerjee, alongside Esther Duflo and Micheal Kremer, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019 for their role in relieving world poverty. In January 2020, the University of Calcutta presented Banerjee with the honorary degree “Doctors of Letters”.
Abhijit Banerjee Bio: Age, Parents, Ethnicity, Early Life
In the year 1961, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Abhijit Banerjee’s family is a conservative Hindu family from Bengal. Abhijit was educated at South Point High School and obtained his early education from one of the most prestigious colleges in Calcutta. In 1983, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Banerjee finished his MA in economics.
His parent, Deepak Banerjee, has a Ph.D. in economics as well. Abhijit finished his Ph.D. at the University of Harvard in 1988. Abhijit Banerjee was once arrested and jailed during his year at JNU for involving in the surrounding incident of the Vice-Chancellor of the University in an attempt to protest against the policies of the university. He was held in Tihar Jail and released on parole, and charges were dismissed as well.
Abhijit Banerjee Dating History And Marriage Details
Abhijit Banerjee married Dr. Arundhati Tuli Banerjee and had a son together, Kabir Banerjee in 1991. Arundhati and Abhijit divorced in 2014. Sadly, Kabir Banarjee met an accident in the year 2016 and lost his life. Abhijit met Esther Duflo in 2015 and the same year the couple decided to tie the knot. As his former wife, Esther Duflo is also a professor at Massachusetts Institute of technology and was also assisting Banerjee in the research which led both of them to win the Nobel Prize in 2019. Esther Duflo belongs to a French background and completed her education in Paris. She was born in 1972 and her mother seldom participated in Medical humanitarian projects. Abhijit and Esther have two children; they are also the sixth married couple to jointly win a Nobel Prize.