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Indian school girls raise their hands

A more democratic learning

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - The Indian Express

J-PAL Directors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo discuss the MITx Micromasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy and how it makes learning more accessible to students in India and around...

Technoskeptics pay heed: A computer-assisted learning program that delivers learning results

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - World Bank's Development Impact Blog

Research in India by J-PAL affiliate Karthik Muralidharan and co-authors suggests that a computer-assisted learning software can lead to large gains in student's scores in math and Hindi. Read...

Direct benefit transfers (DBT) show surprise leakages; problem not insurmountable

Monday, February 6, 2017 - The Financial Express

J-PAL's study for NITI-Aayog of a direct cash transfer pilot program found that 50% of beneficiaries were receiving either nothing or less cash than they were entitled.

Pilots for cash transfer in lieu of PDS failing in three UTs

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Business Standard

Research conducted by J-PAL South Asia found that replacing the Indian government's subsidized grain program with cash resulted in beneficiaries not receiving their entitlements.

How A Livelihood Programme Is Lifting Women From Extreme Poverty To Own Businesses

Monday, January 30, 2017 - The Logical Indian

A livelihoods program evaluated by J-PAL affiliates and found effective is helping women in India break the cycle of poverty.

Tax Collection and Civil Society

Monday, January 23, 2017 - Harvard Magazine

J-PAL affiliates Asim Khwaja and Ben Olken found that tax collectors in Pakistan collected much more in taxes when incentivized based on how much revenue they collected.

BISP to collaborate with MIT to strengthen evidence based policy making

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - ARY News

The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and MIT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and strengthen evidence based policy making. Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon...

Video: Designing incentive structures in bureaucracies

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Woodrow Wilson Center

Asim Khwaja discusses his research on the impact of performance pay for tax officials in Punjab, Pakistan on tax revenues.