The Professor F. de Vries Foundation is proud to announce the keynote speaker of this year's Professor F. de Vries Lecture: Esther Duflo. More details about the program will follow soon.
Prof. F. de Vries Lecture 2019 with Esther Duflo
About Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo is Professor of Economics at MIT, and co-founder and director at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global research centre, working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. Trough J-PAL, she is the driving force in promoting field experiments as an important methodology to discover causal relationships in economics.
Honours and prizes
Esther Duflo’s outstanding academic qualities were clear from the start of her career: in her PhD dissertation, she was the first to provide conclusive evidence that in a developing country, more education results in higher wages. At age 29, she was promoted to associate professor with tenure, making her among the youngest scholars to be awarded tenure. As early as in 2009 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, otherwise known as a "genius" grant, and in 2010 she received the John Bates Clark Medal, dubbed the ‘the Nobel prize for economists under 40’. The last decade she has received numerous honours and prizes for her work on health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance. These include the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, the A.SK Social Science Award, Infosys Prize and the David N. Kershaw Award.
About the Prof. F. de Vries Foundation
Professor De Vries was one of the Netherlands' most influential economists and the first chairman of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER). The Foundation is founded in his honor by Jan Tinbergen and funded with his Nobel Prize. The De Vries Foundation aspires to organize a yearly lecture by a prominent scholar or policy maker on a topic with high societal relevance. Bob Shiller, Richard Nelson, Harold Demsetz, János Kornai, and Bob Solow, and about twenty more are among previous speakers since 1955 when James Meade opened the series. Last year, Anat Admati was featured as keynote speaker.
Institutions for Open Societies
The Prof. F. de Vries Foundations collaborates with Utrecht University’s strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) to host the lecture in Utrecht. The key note speakers and the themes they address always lie in the heart of IOS-research.