Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Brazil (JOI Brazil)

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JOI Brazil is a J-PAL initiative that seeks to generate scientific evidence on public policies related to pressing challenges in the Brazilian labor market.

If we want to improve labor market conditions in Brazil, what strategy should we choose? Launched in 2020, the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) is a J-PAL worldwide initiative that aims at generating robust evidence on policies that address pressing labor market challenges. In 2021, J-PAL Latin America and the Caribbean launched the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Brazil (JOI Brazil), which will replicate the actions of JOI for the Brazilian context. JOI Brazil has the partnership of the Arymax Foundation, B3 Social, Tide Setubal FoundationPotencia Ventures, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Insper. By strengthening innovative actions and fostering rigorous research, JOI Brazil will seek to deepen the debate on the labor market in Brazil and disseminate the knowledge created to governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, as well as foundations in the country. Research anchored in scientific evidence will help identify what really works and scale the mechanisms that consistently impact people's lives.

Discover JOI Brazil's achievements until the end of 2023.

Key Facts

  • Research RFP: Closed
Open to J-PAL affiliates and post-doctoral fellows, Invited researchers, and PhD students who have the support of a J-PAL affiliate or invited researcher that are part of their thesis committee.


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Tide Setubal logo BID logo
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Implementing Partner

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For Decision Makers

Evidence in Labor Market Policies and Implications for Brazil

Besides generating new evidence related to labor markets and opportunities, JOI Brazil seeks to promote a culture of evidence-informed policy making and disseminate what we have already learned from evaluations. The series of publications, "Evidence in Labor Market Policies and Implications for Brazil," reviews existing research around critical labor market issues and considers its policy implications for the Brazilian context.

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For Implementers

Social Incubation

With its social incubation, JOI Brazil seeks to support evaluation projects that contribute to answering urgent questions about the Brazilian labor market. The social incubation aims to support organizations to develop their theories of change and monitoring and evaluation plans in a systematic and robust manner. We also seek to stimulate the generation of new research through technical assistance in developing evaluation and monitoring plans and conducting randomized impact evaluations. The social incubation is free of charge and registration is open to any organization interested in conducting impact evaluations whose themes are part of the priority themes of JOI Brazil. 

For more details about Social Incubation, such as research agenda topics, and access to the application form, please click the "Learn More" button below.

For Researchers

Request for Proposals (RFP)

JOI Brazil funds randomized impact evaluations in Brazil, whose themes are aligned with the initiative's research agenda. Through a request for proposals (RFP), the funds are aimed at answering questions that are academically relevant and that add new knowledge to the literature.

JOI Brazil holds two regular funding cycles per year calling for proposals for full research projects, pilot studies, and development grants. Research calls usually open at the beginning of each semester.

For more details about the RFP, such as research agenda topics and eligibility, please click the "Learn More" button below.

Initiative Team

Board Members

Marianne Bertrand, Co-Chair, Labor Markets, J-PAL Executive Committee
Claudio Ferraz, Co-Chair, Labor Markets, J-PAL LAC


Edivaldo Constantino, Manager, JOI Brazil
André Mancha, Senior Training and Research Associate, JOI Brazil
Luiz Felipe Fontes, Fellow, JOI Brazil