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New evidence on stemming low-value prescribing

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, by Shantanu Agrawal, Michael L. Barnett, and Adam Sacarny

Health care policymakers and practitioners are increasingly pointing to overprescribing as a critical issue in the U.S. health care delivery system. Much of the attention has centered on opioids, as years of high prescribing along with other factors have culminated in a crisis. But the picture is equally concerning for other drug classes. Read More

Texas Tech agreement to abandon race in med school admissions will worsen health disparities

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, by Marcella Alsan and Owen Garrick

A recent agreement between the medical school of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Trump administration that forces the school to stop considering race as a factor in its admissions processes is a step backward for improving health care in the United States. Read More

A reason to be skeptical of workplace wellness programs’ impact

Monday, August 26, 2019, by Damon Jones, David Molitor, and Julian Reif

Does your workplace provide incentives to attend the gym? Offer support to quit smoking? Mandate completing a health assessment? It seems that everywhere you turn, businesses are investing resources into trying to improve the health of their workers. Read More

J-PAL North America’s US Health Care Delivery Initiative: Six reflections after six years

Thursday, August 22, 2019, by Amy Finkelstein

When I launched the US Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI) in 2013, my goal was to bring more rigorous evidence to bear on how to make the US health care system more efficient, effective, and equitable.

This goal was motivated by my findings with Sarah Taubman in Science that too few studies of health care delivery programs or approaches were empirically rigorous: less than 20 percent of studies in... Read More

Improving research transparency through easier, faster access to studies in the AEA RCT Registry

Thursday, August 15, 2019, by James Turitto and Keesler Welch

J-PAL and the American Economic Association (AEA) have been working together over the past year to create digital object identifiers, or DOIs, for each trial registered in the AEA Registry for Randomized Controlled Trials.

We are happy to announce that as of August 13, 2019, the Registry has officially launched this new feature! DOIs provide persistent links to web content to ensure that the content... 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

Inside an evaluation: The Creating Moves to Opportunity partnership in Seattle and King County

Sunday, August 4, 2019, by Jonathan Bigelow, Jacob Binder, Stefanie DeLuca, Andria Lazaga, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Kristen Watkins

Preliminary results from the Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO) project are fresh off the press, and there’s a lot to be excited about. In this post, we dig deeper into the planning and research management activities that underlie the success of the CMTO project to date, highlighting the role that J-PAL North America and other partners have played on this project. We hope these reflections can provide helpful guidance to... Read More

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