J-PAL North America, based at MIT, leads J-PAL’s work in the North America region. J-PAL North America conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.

Our work spans a wide range of sectors including health care, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. We leverage research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.

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What Research Says About the Best Way to Spend Money Now to Solve Homelessness Long-Term

Rohit Naimpally and Laina Sonterblum from J-PAL North America write about the evidence from randomized evaluations on countering homelessness and housing instability in the United States.


Social media messages from health care workers help reduce travel-related Covid-19 spread

J-PAL North America highlights a nationwide evaluation on the impact of social media messaging on reducing holiday travel and decreasing subsequent Covid-19 infection rates.


Who Discriminates in Hiring? A New Study Can Tell.

The New York Times writes about a study by J-PAL affiliates revealing new findings on discrimination in the US labor market based on the names on resumes.


For equitable pandemic recovery, invest in summer jobs programs

In an article about the benefits of summer job programs for young people, J-PAL affiliate highlights the importance for policymakers to prioritize an equitable economic recovery by ensuring that summer jobs are accessible to young people of color and young people from low-income background.