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A nurse looks over a child's immunization records at a health clinic in Harayana, India in a government partnership supported by J-PAL.

February 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - J-PAL

How does J-PAL support governments in using evidence to drive innovation and increase effectiveness? Find out how and read more stories in our newsletter.

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Photo essay: Using evidence to uplift India’s extreme poor

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - IDR Online

Bandhan-Konnagar's multifaceted Graduation Program has been evaluated by J-PAL affiliates and found to be effective at providing pathways for the poorest to graduate out of extreme poverty.

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A deep dive into the effects of trade

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - MIT News

MIT profiles J-PAL affiliate David Atkin's work on economic trade and development.

Esther Duflo

Video: Why Economists Should Think Like Plumbers

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - INSEAD

J-PAL Director Esther Duflo discusses the importance of economists engaging with the logistics how policies are implemented rather than just what the policy is.

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12-year study looks at effects of universal basic income

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - MIT Sloan

J-PAL affiliates and coauthors are launching a randomized evaluation of universal basic income in Kenya.

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January 2018 Research Newsletter

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - J-PAL

Discover new research by J-PAL affiliates on diffusion of agricultural information in Mali, increasing community college completion rates in the United States, and more.

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Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today

Monday, January 29, 2018 - Chalkbeat

Recent work on the learning gains from tutoring by J-PAL affiliates finds modest gains, compared to a much cited study from 1984.

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Study Finds Virtually Zero Benefit From Workplace Wellness Program In 1st Year

Friday, January 26, 2018 - WBUR

A randomized evaluation of a workplace wellness program finds no benefits from the program, contradicting results from earlier observational studies.