J-PAL’s Education sector seeks to improve access to and delivery of high-quality schooling at the primary and post-primary levels through research on issues like pedagogy, teacher training, incentives (for children, for teachers, for families), school governance, early childhood development, and information and communications technology.

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research through the Post-Primary Education Initiative. See all evaluations in the Education sector.


Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence

In this review, J-PAL affiliates Abhijit Banerjee and Paul Glewwe along with Shawn Powers and Melanie Wasserman synthesize the evidence to date on post-primary education and identify policies that...


Claudia Martínez

Claudia is Assistant Professor of the Institute of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research focuses on distribution of power inside households, migration, education and...

Classroom, India


Teaching at the right level to improve learning

Reorienting classroom instruction has improved learning opportunities for 47.7 million students in India.

Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme rolls out in Kwale province, Kenya.


Deworming in schools to improve attendance and increase long-term earnings

After research found that school-based distribution of deworming pills in areas with high infection rates boosted health and school attendance; the approach has been scaled to reach over 285 million...

Teacher with students


The Effect of Charter School Best Practices in Public Schools in the United States

This study examined whether the combination of five charter school best practices could improve student achievement within traditional public schools in Texas. Results suggest that implementing...


Informing Future Choices

In Chile, showing eighth grade students a video about financial aid for higher education resulted in increased school attendance and increased enrollment in college-preparatory schools, but not in...

Sector Contacts

Robert Rogers

Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 258-0926

John Floretta

Director of Policy and Communications

[email protected]
(617) 324-5084

Radhika Bhula

Policy Manager

[email protected]
(617) 324-6562

Masha Bertling

Masha Bertling

Pre-Doctoral Education Measurement Fellow

[email protected]

Sector Chairs