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Leveraging behavioral insights to increase savings in low- and middle-income countries

This week, J-PAL published a new Policy Bulletin on the most effective approaches for helping individuals and families in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) build up their savings. The Bulletin reviews twelve randomized evaluations and finds that commitment savings products–voluntary...
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Data collection, new RCTs, and policy guidance to inform pandemic response and recovery

The past year has been filled with tragedy and sacrifice—but, critically, also innovation, as researchers and policymakers addressed new challenges with creative solutions. Existing and newly generated evidence has informed many policies over the past year, providing a roadmap for incorporating...
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Breaking the glass ceiling in economics and policy, one conversation at a time

Read our interview with Prerna Kundu and Prashansa Srivastava, Co-Founders of Women in Economics and Policy, and Research Associates at J-PAL South Asia.
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Reforming Indonesia’s largest food assistance program: From Rastra to BPNT

J-PAL Southeast Asia hosted a webinar to disseminate the preliminary findings from a study on the long-awaited transition from Beras Sejahtera or Rastra (previously known as Raskin), Indonesia’s largest food assistance program which covered 15.5 million beneficiaries, to non-cash food assistance or...
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Evidence from the AEA RCT Registry on new research during Covid-19

A host of new studies sprung up in response to the changing realities of field work and research priorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to identify trends in the research pipeline, we examined public data from the AEA RCT Registry and the Harvard Dataverse.

A passion that became a career: J-PAL's Diana Warira receives 2021 Africa Evidence Leadership Award

J-PAL policy manager Diana Warira Njeri is the 2021 winner of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award (AELA) offered by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). AEN caught up with Diana about receiving the award and asked her some questions about what the Africa Evidence Leadership Award means for her work.
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Improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at J-PAL

Improving the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of our research network, staff, and leadership has been a key priority for J-PAL for many years. During the past year we have had many more conversations at all levels about what we may be doing well, where we are failing, and what more we need to...
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J-PAL LAC traz a Iniciativa de Empregos e Oportunidades ao Brasil

A crise da Covid-19 exacerba os desafios do mercado de trabalho no Brasil. Mais do que nunca, precisamos desenvolver soluções de política pública efetivas e baseadas em evidências. Em parceria com a Fundação Arymax, a B3 Social, a Potencia Ventures e o Banco Interamericano de Desenvolvimento, o J...