Breaking habits

‘It is clear that in a place like India … the main issue that people are facing is not a deficit of calories but it is a deficit in nutrients’

Iron is a good example of this and one that is of particular importance to the health and development of adolescent girls. The technology exists to add iron to wheat or salt, but getting people to change their habits around food is extremely difficult. Esther Duflo has been involved in a number of experiments aimed at getting people to consume iron in various forms, but none of them have been entirely successful.



Topics:  Development Health economics

Tags:  nutrient deficiency, habits

Professor of Economics at MIT and a CEPR Programme Director


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey

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