Esther Duflo will deliver Barcelona GSE Class of 2020 graduation keynote


Economics Nobel Laureate Esther Duflo will address the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Class of 2020 in a speech recorded from her offices at MIT during their virtual graduation ceremony on July 10.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where a number of Barcelona GSE Alumni have taken their first career steps after graduating from the Master’s over the years.

Professor Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (with co-Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer) "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

In addition to being the youngest researcher who has ever received the Economics Nobel and only the second woman to do so, Esther Duflo was also the first laureate of the Calvó-Armengol International Prize in Economics, co-organized by the Barcelona GSE, and also the first Calvó-Armengol Prize Laureate to win the Nobel.

Watch the graduation keynote and virtual ceremony

The speeches by Professor Duflo, members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council, Affiliated Professors, alumni, students, and other special guests have been recorded in advance from locations around the world. The Barcelona GSE community and the public are warmly invited to join us on July 10, 2020 at 17:00 CEST when we will premiere the ceremony live through a virtual "watch party" and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. 

View the graduation ceremony program

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