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Centering community partners in research: One research team’s experience and advice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, by Alexander Bartik and Bryan Stuart

This guest post is authored by Alexander Bartik of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Bryan Stuart of George Washington University.

Automation, rising inequality between high- and low-income earners, stagnating educational attainment, and other labor market trends have the potential to impact millions of workers across North America and the world. 

Many workers have jobs with insufficient benefits or protections, lack access to jobs that pay living... Read More

Affiliate Spotlight: Paul Niehaus

Monday, June 3, 2019, by Siena Harlin

In the first of our new, in-depth Affiliate Spotlight series, we profile Paul Niehaus—a nonprofit executive, fintech start-up co-founder, and professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. Read More

Announcing J-PAL’s new Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action (IDEA) Initiative

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal, Samantha Friedlander, and Anja Sautmann

We are excited to announce J-PAL’s new Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action (IDEA) Initiative.

IDEA’s mission is to support governments, firms, and non-profits (“data providers”) who want to make their administrative data accessible; analyze it to improve decision-making; and partner with researchers in using this data to design innovative programs, evaluate program impact through randomized evaluations, and scale up successful programs. IDEA will create long-term institutional partnerships with... Read More

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Affiliate spotlight: Will Dobbie on conducting randomized evaluations to reduce inequalities in the United States

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by Will Dobbie and Erin Graeber

Will Dobbie is a J-PAL affiliate and an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He is a recipient of a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to “early-career scientists of outstanding promise” in recognition of “distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”

Congratulations on being awarded a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship! What does this fellowship mean to you, and what was

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Encouraging reporting of violence against women: Shifting norms, improving access

Monday, May 6, 2019, by Cillian Nolan and Isabela Salgado

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Low rates of reporting pose a barrier to addressing this form of violence, especially as it is commonly perpetrated by an intimate partner within the home. Read More

We now have a Paris Agreement rulebook. Where do we go from here?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Rebecca Toole

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2018 (COP24), parties agreed to a rulebook that lays out how governments will measure, report and verify emissions under the Paris Agreement. Now countries need to act—and know whether policies and programmes are meeting their climate goals. Read More

Join the TaRL Africa team!

Friday, April 26, 2019, by Kim Tichmann

The Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa team was launched in January as a joint initiative of Pratham and J-PAL. We collaborate with governments and partners across Africa to address the learning crisis in primary schools through TaRL, an educational approach that builds foundational reading and math skills. Read More