Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian-American economist who is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
15 Facts About Abhijit Banerjee
Abhijit Banerjee was born to a Bengali family in Mumbai.
Abhijit Banerjee's father, Dipak Banerjee, was a professor of economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and his mother Nirmala Banerjee, a professor of economics at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.
Abhijit Banerjee received his school education in South Point High School in Calcutta.
Abhijit Banerjee was released on bail and charges were subsequently dropped against the students.
Abhijit Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he has taught at Harvard University and Princeton University.
Abhijit Banerjee has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P Sloan Fellow.
Abhijit Banerjee was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Abhijit Banerjee served on the Social Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2018.
Abhijit Banerjee is a co-founder of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
Abhijit Banerjee was married to Dr Arundhati Tuli Banerjee, a lecturer of literature at MIT.
In 2015, Abhijit Banerjee married his co-researcher, MIT professor Esther Duflo; they have two children.
Abhijit Banerjee was a joint supervisor of Duflo's PhD in economics at MIT in 1999.
Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019 along with his two co-researchers Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".
Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Doctor of Letters by the University of Calcutta in January 2020.