Abhijit V. Banerjee: Can microfinance solve poverty?
Abhijit Banerjee, co-founder and co-director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and 2019 Nobel Laureate in economics, discusses J-PAL's mission in a wide-ranging conversation about poverty in the context of climate change, evaluating for impact and his philosophy on 'good economics.'
Abhijit says, “J-PAL was set up to help make better policies against poverty by encouraging the better use of high quality evidence. That sentence is a bit of a mouthful but it's really what we do,” he says. “We try to encourage people to generate the evidence, but we also then summarize it. When the evidence shows something that's worth scaling, we try to work with policymakers to make that happen.”