JOI Brazil: Jobs and Opportunity Initiative 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, in partnership with the Arymax Foundation, B3 Social, Potencia Ventures, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Insper, 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. 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.

Key Facts

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


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Tide Setubal logo BID logo
Potencia Venutres logo  

Implementing Partner

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For Implementers

Social Incubation

The social incubation of JOI Brazil has the ultimate goal of supporting organizations to develop an evaluation proposal that can be funded through JOI. We seek to stimulate the generation of new research through technical assistance in developing evaluation and monitoring plans and conducting randomized impact evaluations. This model strengthens the culture of impact evaluation in the labor market sector in Brazil.

For Researchers

Request for Proposals (RFP)

J-PAL's Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) in Brazil funds randomized impact evaluations regarding the Brazilian labor market, such as: What skills are needed for the jobs of the future? How does job training affect labor participation? What characteristics of training programs have the greatest impact? Which policies are most effective in reducing discrimination in hiring? How do labor market regulations affect job creation?

JOI Brazil holds two regular funding cycles per year calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliates and postdocs, and JOI Brazil invited researchers for full research projects, pilot studies, travel/proposal development grants, and policy outreach support grants. Ph.D. students, with support (via a letter) from an advisor who is a J-PAL affiliate or JOI Brazil-invited researcher, are also eligible to apply. 

The first JOI Brazil RFP was launched on February 16, 2022. Letters of Interest (LOIs) were due by March 15, 2022. Full proposals were due by April 26, 2022. The next RFP will take place in the second semester of 2022. For more details on the RFP, 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
Rodrigo Soares, Co-Chair, Labor Markets, J-PAL LAC


Paula Pedro, Executive Director, J-PAL LAC 
Claudia Macías, Deputy Executive Director, J-PAL LAC
Edivaldo Constantino, Manager, JOI Brazil
Viviane Silva, Research and Policy Associate, JOI Brazil
Luiz Felipe Fontes, Research Postdoctoral Fellow, JOI Brazil