Latin America & Caribbean 

J-PAL's regional office in Latin America, based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 

J-PAL LAC was established in October 2009 to expand J-PAL advocacy work in Latin America and include Latin American researchers in the J-PAL network. Based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, J-PAL LAC works to improve the effectiveness of social programs world-wide, by supporting researchers working on randomized trials and disseminating their results in order to provide policymakers with reliable information that can make their policies more effective.

In 2010, J-PAL was asked by the Chilean Ministry of Planning to convene a commission of experts to help identify the major social policy challenges in Chile, and to propose innovative programs that could be evaluated using randomized impact evaluations. See the presentations and speeches here.

J-PAL LAC is a regional office of J-PAL, a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized trials. For more information on J-PAL visit the J-PAL homepage: www.povertyactionlab.org.

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Cash transfers directed to female caregivers in Nicaragua led to gains in child-development outcomes that persisted beyond the duration of the program.

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Peru's Ministry of Education, with technical assistance from J-PAL and IPA, is implementing an Education Lab to design innovative, evidence-based approaches to education policy in Peru.

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Offering higher wages for public service positions in Mexico attracted smarter, more experienced applicants with a greater motivation for public service.

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In Chile, showing students a video about financial aid for higher education increased school attendance and enrollment in college-preparatory schools, but did not raise test scores. 

Read the briefcase here...

J-PAL LAC was established in October 2009 to expand J-PAL advocacy work in Latin America and include Latin American researchers in the J-PAL network. Based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, J-PAL LAC works to improve the effectiveness of social programs world-wide, by supporting researchers working on randomized trials and disseminating their results in order to provide policymakers with reliable information that can make their policies more effective.

In 2010, J-PAL was asked by the Chilean Ministry of Planning to convene a commission of experts to help identify the major social policy challenges in Chile, and to propose innovative programs that could be evaluated using randomized impact evaluations. See the presentations and speeches here.

J-PAL LAC is a regional office of J-PAL, a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized trials. For more information on J-PAL visit the J-PAL homepage: www.povertyactionlab.org.

Evaluations in Latin America & Caribbean

J-PAL affiliates have conducted over 115 randomized evaluations across the Latin America & Caribbean region, spanning 16 countries.