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Affiliate Spotlight

Affiliate Spotlight: Lisa Cameron

Monday, October 7, 2019, by Siena Harlin

To read the full profile, please download the PDF version here.

J-PAL affiliate Lisa Cameron is driven by an innate curiosity about how people experience everyday life. Lisa is drawn to economics research not only because it provides a window into understanding human behavior, but also because it has the potential to inform programs that can improve people’s well-being.

Lisa has dedicated much of her career as an... Read More

Affiliate Spotlight: Lawrence Katz on researching housing and economic mobility to create moves to opportunity

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, by Jacob Binder and Lawrence Katz

A new paper summarizing preliminary findings from the Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO) study was just released. Results demonstrate that helping low-income families overcome barriers to moving to higher-opportunity areas may be a promising strategy for reducing residential segregation and promoting economic mobility. We sat down with Lawrence Katz—Co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America and one of the authors on the CMTO study—to collect his reflections on the... 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

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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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Affiliate Spotlight: Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken on promoting inclusivity in development economics

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by Seema Jayachandran, Benjamin Olken, and Evelina Smirnitskaya

Seema Jayachandran and Benjamin Olken are the new Co-Directors of the Development Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In their new roles, they aim to promote diversity in gender, race, and methodology. Read the full Q&A to learn more. Read More

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Affiliate spotlight: Rohini Pande on furthering the status of women in economics

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by Hanna Juergens and Rohini Pande

Rohini Pande is a professor of international political economy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Political Economy & Governance sector. She was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award—a prize awarded annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in economics. Read More

Amy Finkelstein, 2018 MacArthur Fellowship award winner

Affiliate spotlight: An interview with Amy Finkelstein on how her recent MacArthur Fellow award opens up new possibilities in innovative research

Monday, October 22, 2018, by Amy Finkelstein and Bridget Wack

Amy Finkelstein is the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America. She was recently selected as a recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, "a no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more."

First of all, congratulations! This a great achievement—of course well

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