The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
In Uganda, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to test the effectiveness of a program in which landowners were paid to not cut forest trees on their property. During the study period, landowners who were offered contracts to conserve forest cleared 4 percent of forested land, compared to 9 percent in villages where the program was not offered, delaying 3000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per village from being released into the atmosphere.
Marco Gonzalez-Navarro studies the impact of economic vulnerability on citizens’ willingness to engage in clientelism with local politicians. In our interview, he describes early influences on his research interests and how a book about behavioral economics saved an evaluation in Brazil from derailment.
J-PAL Director Esther Duflo teamed up with psychologists and the education NGO Pratham to evaluate an education intervention based on cognitive science for preschool children in Delhi, India.
The estimated impacts of charter schools have varied widely. In Massachusetts, students who won lotteries for charter schools located in urban areas often did substantially better than students who lost, while students who won lotteries for charter schools in nonurban areas fared, on average, about the same or somewhat worse compared to those who lost. A common feature of the charter schools with the most positive effects has been the adoption of a “No Excuses” educational approach.
844 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 80 countries
Should we pay people not to cut down trees? New research from J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran: https://t.co/V6KSCWbdyy #...
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RT @NextBillion: A 6-country study by MIT followed 21,000 of world’s poorest people for three years: https://t.co/CCOz8hCfWh…...
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J-PAL affiliate Rema Hanna on monitoring civil servants to improve attendance & public services: https://t.co/sifGvC1u44 @...
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- J-PAL Executive Director @RunningREs on the technology paradox in education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHpxvx27LM 6 days 20 hours ago.
- Why was attendance monitoring for teachers in India more effective than for health workers? A new piece in Vox Dev breaks it down: http://voxdev.org/topic/health-education/implementation-ups-and-downs-monitoring-attendance-improve-public-services-poor-india 1 week 2 days ago.
- Every child deserves an education. See how schoolchildren are using technology to learn in India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b84u7m2FVPk 1 week 3 days ago.
- More than 8,000 students worldwide have enrolled in our online MicroMasters. Learn more, from WBUR: http://www.wbur.org/edify/2017/07/11/masters-mit-poverty-lab 1 week 5 days ago.