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Affiliate Spotlight

Craig McIntosh, J-PAL affiliate

Affiliate Spotlight: Craig McIntosh on engines for economic mobility

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, by Hanna Juergens and Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh is a professor of economics in the international relations school at the University of California, San Diego and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Agriculture sector. He has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2013.

How did you become interested in development economics?

I was a high school exchange student in Nakuru, Kenya for a year in the late eighties. Every one of my brothers, uncles, and cousins in my... Read More

Meet our newest J-PAL affiliates

Friday, August 3, 2018, by J-PAL

Seven researchers recently joined J-PAL's academic network: Sule Alan at the University of Essex, Sarah Cohodes at Columbia University, Marcel Fafchamps at Stanford University, Billy Jack at Georgetown University, Kirabo Jackson at Northwestern Univesity, Christopher Knittel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Christopher Woodruff at Oxford University.

Their varied research interests span numerous topics, including: enterprise growth in low-income countries, household financial decision-making, parents' and students' education choices, teacher labor markets, entrepreneurship, digital financial inclusion, and energy efficiency investments. Read More

Affiliate spotlight: Adam Osman on expanding opportunities for evaluation in the MENA region

Monday, July 9, 2018, by Hanna Juergens and Adam Osman

Adam Osman is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-Scientific Director of J-PAL’s Middle East and North Africa initiative. He has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2016.

How did you become interested in development economics?

I actually didn't know much about the field until after I got into graduate school. My exposure to it beforehand had been minimal and mostly from the older economic growth literature. For as long as I could remember I always had an interest in understanding why the poor were poor and what could be done to help them, but I thought this was one of those things people thought about but didn't actually study. Read More

Affiliate spotlight: William Evans on holistic approaches to reducing poverty in the United States

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, by William Evans and Hanna Juergens

William Evans is a professor of economics and chair of the Economics Department at the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). William has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2017.

What is one current research project that you're particularly excited about?

LEO is evaluating a program in Rapid City, South Dakota called Uplifting Parents (UP) that provides... Read More

New affiliated professors join the J-PAL network

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, by J-PAL

Four researchers recently joined J-PAL’s academic network: David Deming at Harvard University, Stefan Dercon at University of Oxford, Namrata Kala at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Patrizio Piraino at the University of Cape Town. Their varied research interests include technologies that help people adapt to environmental change, the determinants of socioeconomic disadvantage, and how to finance responses to natural disasters. Read More

Affiliate spotlight: Christopher Neilson on using technology to close information gaps

Monday, March 5, 2018, by Charlotte Goff and Christopher Neilson

Christopher Neilson is an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2017.

How did you become interested in development economics?

I moved around a lot when I was growing up; I spent time in Chile, Brazil, and the United States. These experiences exposed me to contrasts in development—both across countries, and as well as within countries—and these disparities left a mark. The consequences of ineffective economic policy were very visible. For example, when I was 9 or 10, I remember negotiating my allowance to be in US dollars when my family briefly lived in Brazil during a period of hyperinflation. Read More

Manishah Shah

Affiliate spotlight: Manisha Shah on her research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Friday, February 2, 2018, by Charlotte Goff and Manisha Shah

J-PAL affiliated professor Manisha Shah is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her primary research questions and teaching interests lie at the intersection of applied microeconomics, health, and education.

How did you become interested in development economics?

My childhood experiences in developing countries probably had a lot to do with it. I still remember my first trip to India... Read More