Invited Researchers

Invited researchers are an important element of J-PAL’s effort to increase the number of high-quality randomized evaluations providing actionable insights on the most effective approaches to reduce poverty and improve lives worldwide. The more than 550 invited researchers in the J-PAL network are eligible to apply for funding from J-PAL or work with a J-PAL regional office to implement their evaluation. 

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Like J-PAL affiliated professors, invited researchers are also professors based at academic institutions where freedom to publish results is protected. Invited researchers typically have less experience than affiliated professors in carrying out randomized evaluations. By joining J-PAL as an invited researcher, they become eligible for a three-year term to apply for funding from a specific J-PAL initiative(s) or to work with a specific J-PAL regional office to implement their research project, opening doors to gaining this experience—often in partnership with a J-PAL affiliated professor. 

We seek to recruit invited researchers from universities around the world, with particular emphasis on individuals from or based in a low- or middle-income country. In expanding our invited researcher program, we seek to build diverse networks of researchers around the world who are carrying out randomized evaluations, crowd in subject-matter expertise to J-PAL initiatives, and help researchers strengthen their research portfolio and advance their careers. 

Some invited researchers previously served as post-doctoral associates with J-PAL or members of our affiliate network, or participated in one of J-PAL’s Regional Scholars programs. Many invited researchers go on to become J-PAL affiliated professors; in 2022, 92% of our new affiliates were previously invited researchers.

Invited researcher criteria

Invited researchers typically have less experience carrying out randomized evaluations than affiliates and are invited to either a specific J-PAL initiative(s) or a specific J-PAL regional office. Invited researchers to a J-PAL initiative are eligible to apply for funding from that initiative. Invited researchers to a J-PAL regional office are eligible to contract with that regional office to carry out field research.

Like J-PAL affiliates, invited researchers should be currently affiliated with a university or its equivalent, where academic freedom to publish results is protected, either as a professor or as a principal investigator. Researchers working at funding and implementing organizations (e.g. the World Bank, ADB or IDB) are not eligible to become invited researchers because of potential conflicts. 

Due to limits on research funding and staff capacity, we can only add a limited number of researchers to each initiative or office every year. Eligible invited researchers are identified through an extensive annual centralized search process, nominated quarterly by initiative co-chairs or regional scientific directors, or through an annual self-nomination process (see below). Final selections are made by a committee of J-PAL affiliates.

Self-nomination form

In 2023, J-PAL is piloting a self-nomination process for invited researcher status. The self-nomination form will be open through June 30, 2023. In July and August, the Invited Researcher Selection Committee will review nominations and make final decisions. Due to limited research funds and staff capacity, we will only be able to select 20 self-nominated researchers for invited researcher status in 2023. 

 

To be eligible for consideration, researchers must provide the following as part of their self-nomination: 

  •  Link to CV
  • Two publications for consideration by the IRSC
  • Proof of PhD degree in economics or related quantitative discipline
  • Proof of affiliation to and independent PI status at a university
  • Brief personal statement detailing training, experience running RCTs or interest in doing so in the future, and research interests
  • A reference from a J-PAL affiliate, your department chair, or another senior academic

The self-nomination form can be accessed here

Current invited researchers who would like to self-nominate to other initiatives or regional offices can do so through the same self-nomination form. We will review those self-nominations on a rolling basis.  

Additional Information on Active Invited Researchers' Eligibility

Use the filters below to identify all active Invited Researchers that are associated with each J-PAL initiative and regional office. In addition, all J-PAL Invited Researchers are eligible to apply for funding from the following initiatives and regional offices:

  • Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI)
  • Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI)
  • Digital Identification and Finance Initiative (DigiFI)
  • Innovation In Government Initiative (IGI)
  • Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Brazil (JOI BR)
  • Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Global (JOI GL)
  • Learning for All Initiative (LAI)
  • Science for Progress Initiative (SfPI)
  • J-PAL South Asia

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Dina Abdel Fattah

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
American University in Cairo (AUC)

Ama Baafra Abeberese

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Wellesley College

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

J-PAL title
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy
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Brandeis University

Uzma Afzal

J-PAL title
Research and Teaching Fellow
Organization Name
Lahore School of Economics

Nikhil Agarwal

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Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
MIT Department of Economics

Leila Agha

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Dartmouth College

Jorge Agüero

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Associate Professor
Organization Name
University of Connecticut (UConn)

Josefa Aguirre

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC Chile)

Marcos Agurto

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Professor and Deputy Dean
Organization Name
Universidad de Piura (UDEP)

Anna Aizer

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Associate Professor of Economics & Public Policy
Organization Name
Brown University

Randall Akee

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Associate Professor
Organization Name
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Robert Akerlof

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University of Warwick

Yonas Alem

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Senior Research Fellow
Organization Name
University of Gothenburg

Yann Algan

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Professeur d'Economie
Organization Name
Sciences Po

Martha Alibali

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Professor of Psychology
Organization Name
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Alix-Garcia

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Department Head and Professor of Applied Economics
Organization Name
Oregon State University

Claudia Allende

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Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Stanford University

Douglas Almond

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Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs
Organization Name
Columbia University

Miguel Almunia

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Associate Professor
Organization Name
CUNEF Universidad

Ala' Alrababa'h

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Zürich Lab
Organization Name
Immigration Policy Lab

Mackenzie Alston

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Onur Altindag

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Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Bentley University

Maria Laura Alzua

Organization Name
PEP

Maria Laura Alzua

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Professor-Senior Researcher
Organization Name
Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP)

Shan Aman-Rana

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Virginia

Tahir Andrabi

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Professor
Organization Name
Pomona College

Desmond Ang

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Organization Name
Harvard Kennedy School

Arief Anshory Yusuf

J-PAL title
Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Universitas Padjajaran

Belinda Archibong

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Barnard College

Alex Armand

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Nova School of Business and Economics

Carolina Arteaga

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Toronto

Sam Asher

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Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Imperial College London

Edward Asiedu

J-PAL title
Lecturer
Organization Name
University of Ghana

Ragui Assaad

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Professor
Organization Name
University of Minnesota (UMN)

Juliano Assunção

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

Alexandra Avdeenko

J-PAL title
Research Director
Organization Name
World Bank

Pierre Azoulay

J-PAL title
International Programs Professor of Management
Organization Name
MIT Sloan School of Management

Bocar Ba

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Duke University

Martha Bailey

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of California, Los Angeles

Clare Balboni

J-PAL title
3M Career Development Assistant Professor
Organization Name
MIT Department of Economics

Kate Baldwin

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Yale University

Ana Balsa

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Universidad de Montevideo (UM)

Nano Barahona

J-PAL title
Assistance Professor
Organization Name
University of California, Berkeley

Giorgia Barboni

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Finance
Organization Name
University of Warwick

Tania Barham

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor Economics
Organization Name
University of Colorado Boulder

Prabhat Barnwal

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Organization Name
Michigan State University (MSU)

Carlo Barone

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Sciences Po

Felipe Barrera-Osorio

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics
Organization Name
Vanderbilt university