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Welcoming J-PAL’s newest affiliates

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Siena Harlin

Four new affiliates recently joined J-PAL’s academic network: Marcella Alsan at the Stanford School of Medicine, Kevin Donovan at the Yale School of Management, Robert Darko Osei at the University of Ghana, and Diego Ubfal at Bocconi University.

Their varied research interests span numerous topics, including health and socioeconomic disparities, firm growth and risk management, land registration, entrepreneurship, the transition from school to work, and attitudes toward immigrants. Learn more... Read More

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Sharing experiences of measuring women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Aulia Anggita Larasati and Widyana Perdhani

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL Southeast Asia through a workshop on J-PAL’s Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Read More

Targeting extreme poverty in Egypt: A national priority

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, by Farida El-Gueretly, Nazia Moqueet, and Noura Selim

At the 2017 World Youth Forum, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Waly, noted that civil society organizations were vital partners in the realization of Egypt’s 2030 strategy goals. An important pillar of the 2030 goals focuses on social justice, in particular ensuring the protection and support of Egypt’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups. Read More

Partner Spotlight: Henry Fitts from the City of Rochester, NY on designing and implementing the Bridges to Success program evaluation

Thursday, March 21, 2019, by Henry Fitts

Henry Fitts is the Director of Innovation at the Mayor’s office in Rochester, New York. The City of Rochester has partnered with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and J-PAL North America through the State and Local Innovation Initiative to develop and implement a randomized evaluation of the local Bridges to Success program.

We spoke with Henry to learn more about his experience designing and implementing an evaluation... Read More

Why researchers should publish their data

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, by Karl Rubio

There has been a growing research transparency movement within the social sciences to encourage broader data publication. In this blog post we share some background on this movement and recent statistics, key factors for researchers to consider before publishing data, and tools and resources to support data publication efforts. Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, by Akshara Gopalan

With the launch of J-PAL’s Gender Sector last year, we redoubled our efforts to integrate gender and gender-related issues into our work. On International Women’s Day, we’d like to share some of the gender-related work J-PAL and our affiliated researchers have undertaken over the last year. Read More

The overtreatment challenge

The overtreatment challenge: Why are providers prescribing antimalarials to malaria-negative patients?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, by Carolina Lopez, Anja Sautmann, and Simone Schaner

A critical challenge for developing country health systems is to craft policy that gives individuals with curable diseases like malaria and pneumonia access to potentially lifesaving medical care, while preventing patients from consuming unnecessary medical treatment or getting treated for the wrong illness. Read More