MEDIA ADVISORY – Nobel Prize winner peers into COVID-19 pandemic’s economics effect at uOttawa Homecoming

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2021

Esther Duflo

A Nobel Prize in Economics winner will headline a uOttawa Homecoming 2021 Alex Trebek Lecture Series examining the COVD-19 pandemic’s influence on the economy.

Professor Esther Duflo leads the lecture titled ‘Good economics for hard times’, which looks at how countries can better address pressing socioeconomic challenges and ensure an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor 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, Esther Duflo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics with her husband, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer. 

In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim of helping to design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment, and governance policies.

  • What: Alex Trebek Lecture Series with Esther Duflo — uO Homecoming 2021
  • When: Tuesday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • How: Register via Zoom; Free

This discussion will be led in French, but questions can be asked in French or English. The presentation will have simultaneous translation.


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