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. 

Learn more about invited researchers

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

The annual self-nomination period to become a J-PAL invited researcher is now open. Self-nominations will be accepted until 11:59 pm ET on August 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed by J-PAL’s Invited Researcher Selection Committee in the fall of 2024.

To be eligible for consideration as a J-PAL invited researcher, researchers must meet the criteria noted above, and must provide the following as part of their self-nomination: 

  • CV
  • Two publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • 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 letter from a J-PAL affiliate, your department chair, or another senior academic

Existing J-PAL invited researchers may use the self-nomination form to apply for access to additional initiatives or regional offices.

The forms to self-nominate or submit a reference letter for a nominee are available here:

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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. Alternatively, download this PDF listing all Invited Researchers are their eligible initiatives and regional offices.

All invited researchers are eligible for the following initiatives and regional offices:

  • Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI)
  • Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI)
  • Digital Identification and Finance Initiative (DigiFI)
  • Gender and Economic Agency Initiative (GEA)
  • Governance Initiative (GI)
  • 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 Africa
  • J-PAL Middle East and North Africa
  • J-PAL South Asia

In addition, all researchers who are eligible for the Humanitarian Protection Initiative (HPI) are also eligible for the Displaced Livelihoods Initiative (DLI) and vice versa.

Finally, when a researcher is eligible to work with a regional office, they are eligible for all of the initiatives housed at that office.

Explore Invited Researchers

Sarojini Hirshleifer

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of California, Riverside

Daniel Ho

J-PAL title
William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law
Organization Name
Stanford Law School

John Hoddinnott

J-PAL title
H.E. Babcock Professor of Food & Nutrition Economics and Policy
Organization Name
Cornell University Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Mitchell Hoffman

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
Organization Name
University of Toronto

Tatiana Homonoff

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Service
Organization Name
NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Md Amzad Hossain

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Arkansas

Kenneth Houngbedji

J-PAL title
Researcher
Organization Name
Institute de Recherche pour le Development (IRD)

Sabrina Howell

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Associate Professor
Organization Name
New York University

Hilary Hoynes

J-PAL title
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Organization Name
University of California, Berkeley

Macartan Humphreys

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Professor
Organization Name
Columbia University

John Eric Humphries

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Yale University

Leonardo Iacovone

J-PAL title
Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Hertie School of Governance

Imelda Imelda

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID)

Lakshmi Iyer

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
University of Notre Dame

Mireille Jacobson

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Organization Name
University of Southern California (USC)

Elisa Jacome

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Northwestern University

Radhika Jain

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Health Economics
Organization Name
University College London (UCL)

Tarun Jain

Associate Professor of Economics

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad

Julian Jara-Ettinger

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Organization Name
Yale University

Hamidou Jawara

J-PAL title
Lecturer
Organization Name
University of the Gambia

Rajshri Jayaraman

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
ESMT Berlin

Anders Jensen

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Organization Name
Harvard University

Pamela Jervis

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Universidad de Chile

Anett John

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Birmingham

Erin Johnson

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Applied Economics
Organization Name
MIT Sloan School of Management

Terence Johnson

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Data Science
Organization Name
University of Virginia

Andrew Johnston

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Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of California, Merced

Benjamin Jones

J-PAL title
Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship
Organization Name
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Kelly Jones

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
American University

Ariel Kalil

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
The University of Chicago

Mounir Karadja

J-PAL title
Professor of Economics
Organization Name
Uppsala University

Sabrina Karim

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Cornell University

Anne Karing

J-PAL title
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
The University of Chicago

Bereket Kebede

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
University of East Anglia

Malcolm Keswell

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Yasir Khan

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Khan

J-PAL title
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Organization Name
Yale University

Shefali Khanna

J-PAL title
Research Associate
Organization Name
Imperial College London

Celeste Kidd

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

Assi KIMOU

J-PAL title
Deputy Director
Organization Name
CAPEC/Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny

Katherine Kinzler

J-PAL title
Professor of Psychology
Organization Name
The University of Chicago

Marieke Kleemans

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

Raymond Kluender

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Organization Name
Harvard Business School (HBS)

Marlene Koffi

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Toronto

Michael Kofoed

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
United States Military Academy (USMA)

Jonathan Kolstad

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

Rembrand (Rem) Koning

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Strategy Unit
Organization Name
Harvard Business School (HBS)

Fabian Kosse

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)