What Works To Reduce Poverty: 10 years of research and evidence-based policy to advance economic mobility

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MIT Samberg Center, Cambridge, MA
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Launched in 2013, J-PAL North America is celebrating 10 years of catalyzing policy-relevant research to reduce poverty in the region, as part of J-PAL's 20-year worldwide celebration. Bringing together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, we will showcase what we have learned to advance economic mobility in North America, based on a decade of work supporting rigorous randomized evaluations and advancing evidence-based policymaking.

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This two-day gathering will feature groundbreaking research supported by J-PAL North America over the past decade—building on J-PAL's 20-year experience worldwide—that addresses important social policy questions such as: How can we empower low-income Americans to achieve economic and social mobility? How can we reduce discrimination to ensure a more equitable society? How can we promote healthier behavior and improve health outcomes in low-income communities? How can we make our government work better for all people? Join us for discussions with leading experts, groundbreaking research presentations, and networking opportunities.

During this event, we will also celebrate the achievements of our incredible network of partners, researchers, and funders and provide opportunities to meet with and learn from fellow leaders. We will also highlight our vision to reduce poverty and advance equity by scaling up evidence-based programs in the region over the next 10 years. 


Hear from champions in the evidence-based policymaking community, including leaders in research, non-profit, government, and philanthropy such as:

Marcella Alsan
Harvard University

Laura Arnold
Founder and Co-chair, Arnold Ventures

Marianne Bertrand
University of Chicago 

Chris Constantine
Hamilton Families

Esther Duflo
Co-Founder and Co-Director, J-PAL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ingrid Ellen
New York University 

Amy Finkelstein
Co-Scientific Director, J-PAL North America 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dan Gorenstein
Tradeoffs Podcast

Sara Heller
University of Michigan

Kim Janey
Executive Director of EMPATH
Former Acting Mayor of Boston

Stan John
Gates Foundation

Damon Jones
University of Chicago

Larry Katz
Harvard University
Former Co-Scientific Director, J-PAL North America

Elizabeth Linos
Harvard University
Faculty Director, The People Lab

Matt Notowidigdo
Co-Scientific Director, J-PAL North America
University of Chicago

Alan Safran
Saga Education

Adrian Schurr


Full agenda to come.