On November 8, 2016, the Government of India announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be accepted as legal tender. This decision, known as “demonetization,” is one of the most unusual policy experiments reforms carried out in recent times. Register now to join J-PAL director Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) for a live stream discussion of the economics and politics behind this move, partly based on recent field research.
The Value Added Tax (VAT) has long been thought to improve tax enforcement by providing firms with an incentive to ask suppliers for receipts, creating an auditable paper trail. Working in partnership with the Chilean Tax Authority, J-PAL affiliated researcher Dina Pomeranz conducted an innovative randomized evaluation to study whether the VAT paper trail facilitated tax enforcement in Chile.
While technology has the potential to revolutionize education, it creates the risk of leaving those without access behind and further exacerbating the sharp divides in educational opportunity and achievement within our country. At this conference, we will share promising innovations and discuss how we can use rigorous research to guide policy and resources toward programs that improve outcomes for disadvantaged students.
Promoting gender equity and empowering women and girls is not only important in its own right, but can also contribute to poverty reduction. To date, J-PAL affiliates have conducted over 140 evaluations in 39 countries that focus on impacts of policies and programs on women and girls. Read on for highlights of J-PAL’s work on gender and explore more evaluations on this topic.