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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These Patients are Hard to Treat

A study examined a popular approach that coordinated care for the most expensive patients, and found that the project did not reduce hospital admissions


A Nobel-Winning Way to Make Effective Policy

Executive Director of J-PAL North America, Mary Ann Bates, discusses how randomized evaluations can support evidence-based decision-making among governments in the United States
Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee

How the economics Nobel laureates’ methods could help fight poverty in the U.S.

Vincent Quan, Associate Director of Policy at J-PAL North America, reflects on what we've learned from randomized evaluations in the U.S.