J-PAL North America, based at MIT, leads J-PAL’s work in the North America region. J-PAL North America conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.

Our work spans a wide range of sectors including health care, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. We leverage research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.

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Condemning Anti-Asian Hate and Violence

We at J-PAL North America stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian American communities as we grieve and condemn the horrific murders in Cherokee County and Atlanta and the recent surge in anti-Asian violence, discrimination, and rhetoric. These assaults, often targeted at women and elderly people in particular, have been propelled by disinformation and hostility during the pandemic, with more than 3,700 reported incidents of hate against Asian American and Pacific Islanders since the early days of Covid-19.

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Who Discriminates in Hiring? A New Study Can Tell.

The New York Times writes about a study by J-PAL affiliates revealing new findings on discrimination in the US labor market based on the names on resumes.

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Bringing Rigorous Testing to Health Care Policy

J-PAL North America Co-Scientific Director Amy Finkelstein discusses how randomized evaluations are now underway for US government policy initiatives.

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Mayor de Blasio, Bring Back Summer Jobs

J-PAL affiliates Sara Heller and Judd Kessler critique the decision to cancel New York's summer youth employment program this year, drawing on their research findings about the positive impacts of such programs.