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Alumni Voices: On the frontlines in the fight against climate change

James Turitto ‘20 (former senior research manager at J-PAL Global) details his mission to document methane emissions in Europe and lobby policymakers to strengthen regulations. He reflects on the critical role of measuring and exposing industrial methane leaks and how skills learned at J-PAL help...
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Building systems to improve and reward higher-quality agricultural products

Learn more about our new review of strategies designed to improve the quality of agricultural goods produced and sold at market.
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Affiliate Spotlight: Michela Carlana

Michela Carlana is an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. From researching the subtle role of bias and motivation in student outcomes to rapidly launching and evaluating scalable programs to combat learning loss, Michela’s work reflects a commitment to reducing...
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Increasing adherence to COVID-19 guidelines: Lessons from rigorous evidence

As of September 14, 2021, Covid-19 has spread to every region of the world, infecting more than 224 million people and killing more than 4.6 million. As vaccines become available, increasing their uptake will be critical for stemming the pandemic. In the meantime, take-up of other preventive...
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Learning to live with the pandemic, but not its terrible impact

In a blog post for the Center for Effective Philanthropy, J-PAL Global's Iqbal Dhaliwal and Ingrid Lustig reflect on new and deepened sectoral challenges that must be prioritized by the philanthropic community in this new phase of the pandemic.
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Two lessons from the landmark IPCC report on climate change

IPCC’s recent climate report urges rapid action to produce deep reductions in emissions and adapt to climate change in the coming decades. We highlight key takeaways for poverty alleviation efforts.
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Documenting systemic patterns of employment discrimination in the United States

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Researchers recently released results from a J-PAL North America funded study that documents systemic patterns of employment discrimination within large companies in the United States. In an interview with J-PAL staff, the research team shares reflections on their study, including how the randomized...
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How can insights from rigorous evidence inform policymaking in the Western Balkans?

This post highlights how rigorous impact evaluations can contribute to this broader reflection, including by examining interventions from neighboring countries outside the region facing similar challenges, such as migrant and refugee inclusion in Bulgaria and Turkey.