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Nobel Laureates’ Tamil Nadu connect

Posted October 16th, 2019, 10:55 AM IST

Nobel Laureates’ Tamil Nadu connect

While India is celebrating the economist couple Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo who won the Nobel Prizes.

Tamil Nadu has its own reasons to celebrate the couple.

Working with seven state government departments, identifying gaps in policy and suggesting improvements are Dr Abhijit Banerjee and Dr Esther Duflo, along with Dr Sendhil Mullainathan.They invented a lab which involves several policy-making studies in Tamil Nadu. The lab has collaborated with state government in seven departments so far in health, labour and employment, education, housing and urban development, social welfare and nutritious meal programme, MSMEs, and commercial taxes.

Dr Esther Duflo is also associated with Maternity Benefit Scheme and evaluating interventions in Primary School education in northern Tamil Nadu. Dr Abhijit Banerjee, Dr Esther Duflo and Dr Michael Kremer were announced as the winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics for 2019 for their research on alleviating poverty.