J-PAL’s Health sector aims to encourage health-promoting behaviors and improve the delivery of health care services, as well as to better understand the impact of health care on reducing poverty.

The Urban Services Initiative seeks to identify and evaluate innovative methods designed to improve the health and welfare of the urban poor in Africa and Asia.

The U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI) encourages randomized evaluations of strategies to make health care delivery in the United States more efficient and more effective.

Dr. Sharma pointing in a crowd of children in India


New course: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys

Our new EdX course, J-PAL 350x, explores the fundamentals of field-based health research through documentary-style learning at ongoing research projects in India and Kenya.


Early Childhood Stimulation

Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life...


When Should Governments Subsidize Health? The Case of Mass Deworming

This paper reviews well-identified research on mass school-based deworming interventions in a variety of contexts, including Kenya, Uganda, and the southern United States. The existing evidence...

Installed directly at community water sources, chlorine dispensers provide a visual reminder to use chlorine and are calibrated to deliver a precise dose of chlorine solution to treat the most commonly used water transport containers.


Chlorine dispensers at community sources provide safe water in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda

Chlorine dispensers installed at community water sources are a low-cost technology used to treat water for consumption.


Using Randomized Evaluations to Improve the Efficiency of U.S. Health Care Delivery

In this review paper, J-PAL North America Scientific Director Amy Finkelstein (MIT) and Sarah Taubman (J-PAL, MIT) suggest ways to enhance the feasibility and impact of conducting randomized...

Woman speaks to a nurse at a health clinic in Zambia about contraceptive options


Can We Talk in Private (About Family Planning)?

Women who received private access to vouchers for contraceptives were more likely to take up and use contraception, compared to women whose husbands were involved in the voucher program.


Lisa Cameron

Lisa Cameron is a Professor of Econometrics at Monash University. Her research explores questions related to education, health, and labor markets, focusing often on the effects of social programs on...