AMSE Lecture: Abhijit V. Banerjee, Nobel Prize in Economics

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The Nobel Prize in Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee is invited by AMSE for an AMSE Lecture Monday, April 19, 2021 from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. The scientific conference will be held in English and online. Prior registrations are mandatory and places are limited.

The lecture focuses on « Trust and Efficiency in the Market for Healthcare in Low Income Countries ».


The lecture will start with an introduction by Yann Bramoullé, AMSE scientific director, and will be followed by a scientific discussion by Roberta Ziparo, maîtresse de conférences at AMSE.


Abstract: “Using data from three countries and seven sites we show some striking patterns in the delivery of healthcare. Healthcare is typically provided by the market on a fee for service basis. Most practitioners have no medical qualifications and are self-proclaimed "doctors". Quality of care is low: using a generous standard of correct treatment less than 50 percent of cases are correctly managed (usually much less than 50 percent) and up to 90 percent of the spending on care is medically unnecessary. However, this is not principally because of lack of medical training. The providers typically treat the patient much less than their stated knowledge would dictate. This know-do gap is greater for better trained providers. We argue that these observations are consistent with a model where patients are skeptical of the provider's capacity and motives and provider's reputation is key and needs to be built slowly.”


Short biography: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Abhijit V. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize. Abhijit V. Banerjee is the author of a large number of articles and four books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Esther Duflo. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. Abhijit V. Banerjee has served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work in development economics research.


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