Should There Be Affirmative Action for Politicians?
The Columbia University School of Social Work continued its successful Wednesday Lectures Series with a Feb. 9 talk by Esther Duflo, the Castel Krob Career Development Associate Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Duflo's talk, "Should There Be Affirmative Action for Politicians? Evidence from India," explored the use of anti-poverty programs. Using research by Poverty Action Lab, a center devoted to the randomized evaluation of anti-poverty programs for women and minorities in India, Duflo demonstrated the role and impact of these set-asides as a redistribution tool. Duflo specializes in economics and inequities in developing countries, most recently focusing on Kenya and India.