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Indians cheer as Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo wear traditional Indian attire to Nobel ceremony

In a nod to his Bengali roots, 58-year-old Banerjee donned a beige panjabi that he paired with a white gold-bordered dhoti and closed neck black vest. Duflo wore a silk saree.

By: Trends Desk | Updated: December 12, 2019 7:34:31 pm
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo receive Nobel Prize for Economics The three economists collected the Nobel Prize on Tuesday. (Graphic by Gargi Singh)

Nobel laureates Dr Abhijit Banerjee, Dr Esther Duflo and Dr Michael Kremer received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics in Sweden Tuesday. But what caught the attention of Indians online was the fact that the Indian-Amercian economist and his wife wore traditional Indian attire to receive the award.

In a nod to his Bengali roots, 58-year-old Banerjee donned a beige panjabi that he paired with a white gold-bordered dhoti and closed neck black vest.

On the other hand, Duflo wore a blue-green silk saree with a red blouse and had Indians rooting for her choice of outfit.

The three economists were awarded the medals at the ceremony and the prize money of nine million Swedish krona (Rs 6.7 crore) will be shared among them.

Banerjee is the second Indian after Amartya Sen to win the Nobel prize in Economics. Like Sen, Banerjee, too, is an alumnus of Presidency College, now Presidency University.

The trio’s research has, over the last two decades, helped obtain reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty. Their work has revolved around identifying “low-hanging fruits”, which are often the most effective interventions in improving outcomes in health and education for the poor.

Their work — breaking down the problem of global poverty into a number of smaller and more precise questions at individual and group level — has redefined research in development economics over the last 20 years.

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