Nobel Laureate Economist Professor Esther Duflo shares lessons learned on preventative health behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic

12/7/2021 01:30 pm 12/7/2021 02:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Nobel Laureate Economist Professor Esther Duflo shares lessons learned on preventative health behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nobel Laureate Economist and award-winning author Professor Esther Duflo will share learnings from several large-scale randomised trials in developing and developed countries, to understand how to best promote preventative behaviour in a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective communication is essential to counter misinformation, reduce stress and stigma, increase proactive health behaviours and ultimately, save lives.

Keynote speaker

Nobel Laureate Economist Professor Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

In 2019, she was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (with co-Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer) in Economic Sciences.

In her research, Prof Duflo seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor and aims to help design and evaluate social policies, encompassing health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance perspectives.

With co-author Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011. It has been translated into more than 17 languages. Most recently she released Good Economics for Hard Times.

Other accolades include the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences (2015), the A.SK Social Science Award (2015), Infosys Prize (2014), the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal (2010), and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (2009).

Prof Duflo is editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

Host

Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Margaret Gardner AC is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Chair of the Group of Eight (a coalition of world-leading research-intensive Australian universities), a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, and a Director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Prof Gardner has served as President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, as Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, and on other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

She has been Vice-Chancellor of Monash University since 2014.

Moderator

Professor Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Head of Monash Business School

Simon Wilkie’s career spans a remarkable array of roles that extend beyond the higher education sector and include appointments as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Head of Monash Business School since 2019, Prof Wilkie was previously a Professor of Economics and the head of the Department of Economics, at the University of Southern California (USC). During his time at USC, he was also a Professor of Economics, Communication and Law, and the head of the USC Gould School of Law.

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES).

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Event Details

Date:
7 December 2021 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Venue:
Online

Description

Nobel Laureate Economist and award-winning author Professor Esther Duflo will share learnings from several large-scale randomised trials in developing and developed countries, to understand how to best promote preventative behaviour in a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective communication is essential to counter misinformation, reduce stress and stigma, increase proactive health behaviours and ultimately, save lives.

Keynote speaker

Nobel Laureate Economist Professor Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

In 2019, she was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (with co-Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer) in Economic Sciences.

In her research, Prof Duflo seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor and aims to help design and evaluate social policies, encompassing health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance perspectives.

With co-author Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011. It has been translated into more than 17 languages. Most recently she released Good Economics for Hard Times.

Other accolades include the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences (2015), the A.SK Social Science Award (2015), Infosys Prize (2014), the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal (2010), and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (2009).

Prof Duflo is editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

Host

Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Margaret Gardner AC is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Chair of the Group of Eight (a coalition of world-leading research-intensive Australian universities), a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, and a Director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Prof Gardner has served as President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, as Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, and on other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

She has been Vice-Chancellor of Monash University since 2014.

Moderator

Professor Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Head of Monash Business School

Simon Wilkie’s career spans a remarkable array of roles that extend beyond the higher education sector and include appointments as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Head of Monash Business School since 2019, Prof Wilkie was previously a Professor of Economics and the head of the Department of Economics, at the University of Southern California (USC). During his time at USC, he was also a Professor of Economics, Communication and Law, and the head of the USC Gould School of Law.

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES).

Register now

Register via Zoom