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

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

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)

Dmitri Koustas

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

Caroline Krafft

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
St. Catherine University

Joshua Lev Krieger

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

Elif Kubilay

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor in Economics
Organization Name
University of Essex

Adriana Kugler

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Georgetown University

Elira Kuka

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Economics
Organization Name
George Washington University (GWU)

Santosh Kumar

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

Ilyana Kuziemko

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Organization Name
Princeton University

Julien Labonne

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
University of Oxford

Nicola Lacetera

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
University of Toronto

Mylene Lagarde

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Health Economics
Organization Name
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Joanna Lahey

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
Texas A&M University

David Laibson

J-PAL title
Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics Contact
Organization Name
Harvard University

Monica Lambon-Quayefio

J-PAL title
Researcher
Organization Name
University of Ghana

Julia Lane

J-PAL title
Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics; Professor, Wagner School of Public Policy
Organization Name
NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

J-PAL title
Professor of Law
Organization Name
Stanford University

Murray Leibbrandt

J-PAL title
Director and Professor
Organization Name
South Africa Labor & Development Research Unit (SALDRU)

Ro'ee Levy

Organization Name
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Elizabeth Levy Paluck

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Organization Name
Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School

Danielle Li

J-PAL title
Associate Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
Organization Name
MIT Sloan School of Management

Guilherme Lichand

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Education
Organization Name
Stanford University

Nicola Limodio

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

Molly Lipscomb

J-PAL title
Associate Professor
Organization Name
Center for Social Innovation, University of Virginia

Adriana Lleras-Muney

J-PAL title
Professor of Economics
Organization Name
University of California, Los Angeles

James Long

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of Washington (UW)

Italo Lopez Garcia

J-PAL title
Senior Economist
Organization Name
University of Southern California (USC)

Corinne Low

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Organization Name
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Hong Luo

Organization Name
NYU Stern

Elizabeth Lyons

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Meera Mahadevan

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

Kanika Mahajan

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Ashoka University

Sakib Mahmood

Organization Name
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University

Neale Mahoney

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Stanford University

Alejandro Maiche

J-PAL title
Professor of Psychology
Organization Name
Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

Edmund Malesky

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
Duke University

Samreen Malik

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Economics
Organization Name
New York University Abu Dhabi

Ulrike Malmendier

J-PAL title
Professor
Organization Name
UC Berkeley Department of Economics

Constantine Manda

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

Shanthi Manian

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Washington State University

John Marshall

J-PAL title
Associate Professor of Political Science
Organization Name
Columbia University

Matt Marx

J-PAL title
Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship; Professor of Management & Organizations
Organization Name
Cornell University

Daniel Masterson

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

Martin Mattsson

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Brendan Maughan-Brown

J-PAL title
Research Advisor
Organization Name
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Susan Mayer

J-PAL title
Professor Emeritus
Organization Name
The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

Adrianna McIntyre

J-PAL title
Assistant Professor
Organization Name
Harvard University