J-PAL affiliate Clément Imbert started his career as a research assistant on an evaluation with the Rajasthan police. He is now starting an evaluation of a job training and placement program funded by India’s Ministry of Rural Development; a hot topic for researchers and policymakers alike.
J-PAL North America recently launched a catalog of administrative datasets to provide researchers with clear information on data access and content, including costs and indicators. Together with J-PAL North America’s guide to using administrative data for randomized evaluations, this public catalog will support researchers in carrying out high-quality evaluations.
Weather index insurance protects farmers against losses from extreme weather and facilitates investment in their farms, but randomized evaluations have shown low demand for these products at market prices suggesting the need for alternative approaches. One promising alternative is to explore technologies that structurally reduce risk for farmers, such as improved seeds that better tolerate weather events.