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Research Methods

Mary Ann Bates, executive director of J-PAL North America, speaks at a recent TEDx event.

It improved lives elsewhere. Will it here?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, by Mary Ann Bates

TED is about ideas worth spreading. But which ideas are worth spreading? Ideas from where? When we try to solve some of the biggest challenges our societies face, our first instinct is to look at what worked elsewhere. But can we really teach math like they do in Singapore? Or design a health program like they have in Sweden? Read More

Increasing the use of data and evidence in real-world policy: Stories from J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, by Samantha Carter and Claire Walsh

At J-PAL, we often talk about the importance of using evidence to design and implement effective policies and programs, and many governments are working to make it a priority. But what does this look like in practice? How can we best support governments in finding and applying the evidence they need to make informed decisions?

We manage the Government Partnership Initiative (GPI), a J-PAL fund that supports... Read More

New affiliated professors join the J-PAL network

Thursday, January 11, 2018, by J-PAL

Eight oustanding researchers recently joined J-PAL’s academic network: Peter Bergman and Eric Verhoogen at Columbia University, Saurabh Bhargava at Carnegie Mellon University, Clément de Chaisemartin at University of California, Santa Barbara, Will Dobbie at Princeton University, Bill Evans at University of Notre Dame, Nathaniel Hendren at Harvard University, and Wes Yin at University of California, Los Angeles. Their varied research interests range from children’s language acquisition to racial bias in... Read More

Tackling crime and violence in Latin America with cognitive behavioral therapy

Thursday, December 14, 2017, by Isabel Mejía Fontanot

Developing new strategies to reduce crime and violence is a top priority for Latin American policymakers. Much of the violence in the region affects young men as both victims and perpetrators. Finding proven ways of working with this population to reduce violent and criminal behavior has been a challenge.

One part of an effective prevention strategy may lie in efforts to slow down the thinking and decision-making processes of young... Read More

Paul Gertler presents to audience

Preventing non-communicable diseases with evidence-based policy: UC Berkeley Professor Paul Gertler visits J-PAL LAC

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, by Eduardo Cifuentes

According to the WHO, deaths associated with non-communicable diseases, or NCDs, have increased worldwide in the past two decades, with higher growth rates in developing countries. NCDs like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are responsible for almost 70 percent of the world’s deaths, even though many of these diseases are preventable. 

Chile, where J-PAL’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) office is based, has high rates of risk... Read More

Affiliate spotlight: Simone Schaner on her health behaviors research

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, by Charlotte Goff

Simone Schaner is an assistant professor of economics at Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California. She has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2013.

How did you become interested in development economics?

My interest started when I took development economics as an undergraduate. A big thank you to Garance Genicot at Georgetown for introducing the subject in such an inspiring way! I went on to write my economics senior thesis on microfinance—which let me spend some time in the field in Bangladesh—and I’ve been hooked ever since. Read More

The potential for evidence-based policymaking in the Middle East and North Africa: Answering frequently asked questions

Monday, December 4, 2017, by Robert Rogers

Most people we meet don’t know that J-PAL has regional offices around the world, based at universities in Chile, France, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and a US office also based at MIT. These offices lead policy outreach and support our affiliated professors’ research projects in those regions. 

Over the last few years we’ve been working to expand J-PAL’s... Read More

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