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Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds

A recently published study, co-authored by J-PAL affiliate Lisa Gennetian, finds that unconditional cash transfers to mothers increased brain functioning for their young children.

How to Prevent COVID’s Next Comeback

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo describe how investment in low- and middle-income countries can help prevent the next wave of Covid-19.

Preparing for Shocks through Universal Basic Income: Evidence from Kenya

Nidhi Parekh, J-PAL's Project Director for the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative in Africa, discusses research on Universal Basic Income in Kenya.

Overcentralisation of power leads to poverty: Abhijit Banerjee

J-PAL affiliate and co-founder, Abhijit Banerjee discusses how overcentralisation of government can perpetuate poverty due to misallocation and lack of accountability.

January 2022 Newsletter

In the January 2022 newsletter, learn how we forged partnerships for more equitable and evidence-informed policies in 2021 and how we will build on our vision in the new year.

Research should guide spending for K-12 COVID relief funds

Kim Dadisman, senior policy and research manager at J-PAL, argues that J-PAL North America is one of the organizations doing the research-to-policy work that should be guiding public policy spending for COVID-19 relief funds towards mitigating educational fallout.

FCDO Appoints New Chief Economist

J-PAL affiliate, Adnan Qadir Khan was appointed the new chief economist of the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Khan takes over for Rachel Glennerster, who is also a J-PAL affiliate.

A Feast Isn’t Just About Food. It’s About Joy.

In an opinion's piece, J-PAL co-founder Abhijit Banerjee writes about the importance of getting in the "feasting mind-set" for the holidays and the history and stigma around food stamps.