Econ­o­mist bags In­fosys prize for in­tel­lect-poverty con­nect

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

six em­i­nent aca­demics have been awarded with the In­fosys Prize 2018 across dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of sci­ence and re­search. The prize for so­cial sci­ences was awarded to send­hil Mul­lainathan (in pic), pro­fes­sor of com­pu­ta­tion and Be­hav­ioral sci­ence, the univer­sity of chicago in the us, for his path-break­ing work in be­havioural eco­nomics. among Mul­lainathan’s most valu­able and orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions is the re­search point­ing out how poverty (and more gen­er­ally per­ceived scarcity in any form) ad­versely af­fects ‘men­tal band­width’ (cog­ni­tive abil­ity) which, in turn, ham­pers sound de­ci­sion-mak­ing. This is one of the rea­sons why seem­ingly well-de­signed poverty schemes fail; the poor are of­ten found not to make the most of what is of­fered. More­over, they ex­hibit self-de­feat­ing be­hav­iour. They save too lit­tle, bor­row too much, and fail to en­roll in as­sis­tance pro­grammes. other win­ners in­clude: bio­physi­cist roop Mal­lik from the Tata in­sti­tute of Fun­da­men­tal re­search, Mumbai, for life sci­ences; art his­to­rian Kavita singh from Jnu for hu­man­i­ties; navakanta Bhat from the iisc, Ban­ga­lore, for en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter sci­ence; at­mo­spheric sci­en­tist sk satheesh from iisc for phys­i­cal sci­ences; and nalini anan­thara­man from the univer­sity of stras­bourg, France, for math­e­mat­i­cal sci­ences.

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