The John Kenneth Galbraith (JKG) Forum and Award is presented annually by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) to a distinguished professional for continuing Galbraith's tradition of outstanding research and major social contribution.
The Galbraith Award winner is a plenary speaker at the AAEA Annual Meeting. As this year's award recipient, Alain de Janvry's presentation was entitled, The Adoption Puzzle: What Can We Learn from Field Experiments in Agricultural? Alain is an agricultural economist working on international economic development with expertise in agriculture and rural development. He is a professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics and of Public Policy here at the University of California, Berkeley. He was co-director of the World Bank’s "World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development", and authored Development Economics: Theory and Practice (2016), with Elisabeth Sadoulet. He is a member of the French National Academy of Agriculture and a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.
The JKG Forum was created to honor John Kenneth Galbraith, an internationally renowned economist, social philosopher, and statesman whose writings and contributions to policymaking changed the way people think and how governments operate. Galbraith is one of the intellectual leaders of the second half of the 20th century. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.