Abhijit Banerjee and Ester Duflo shared the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019. The Nobel Recognition states their works “have dramatically improved our ability to fight poverty in practice. As a direct result of one of their studies, more than five million Indian children have benefitted from effective programmes of remedial tutoring in schools.” Banerjee and Duflo have now taken their techniques to the developed world. Their new book Good Economics for Hard Times (Hachette Book Group, 2019) argues for taking the same detailed approach that has proven successful in addressing poverty to solve other problems of society. Banerjee and Duflo take a research-based look at immigration, trade, automation, growth, the environment and political discourse. The authors argue that these challenges can be addressed more successfully by empirical research techniques. While their research is scholarly, their writing style is approachable. Cass Sunstein recommends the book saying “If you read one policy book this year-heck this decade-read this one.” Join us for a fascinating look at some of the biggest challenges we face.