This year's Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Esther Duflo, along with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.
On receipt of this award, Esther Duflo reflected on what this means for women in economics:
"There are not enough women in the economics profession ... We really have a problem in economics that is structural and fundamental. The profession is starting to realise that in part it’s the general climate and the way we treat each other, it's not conducive for having more women in the profession. It’s not just about promotion, but it’s about the general environment."
"We also need to make progress in showing to younger people that economics is relevant for problems that they care about, [for women but] it’s also true for minorities ... The perception is that economics is not about real problems for the real world. I’m hoping that this could also make a difference."
"Hopefully, it’s onward and forward from now on."
Listen/read the complete interview with Esther Duflo here: