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.

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. 

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Online Course About Impact Evaluation of Social Programs

J-PAL LAC recently launched its first online course (in Spanish) on the Impact Evaluation of Social Programs.

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 102 randomized evaluations across the Latin America & Caribbean region, spanning 18 countries.