Esther Duflo is an economist and the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT. She helped to found the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and is now its director. She is also the founding editor of American Economics Journal: Applied Economics. She has been awarded many prizes and honors, including the David N. Kershaw Award in 2011 and the MacArthur Fellowship in 2009. She was named to Time Magazine's "Time 100" list of the most influential people in the world in 2011. Her book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which she co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011.