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Women in saris

Empowering Girls

Monday, September 18, 2017 - Project Syndicate

This opinion piece cites evidence from J-PAL affiliates on providing incentives to delay child marriage in Bangladesh.

Police officers sit in front of station

MIT researchers zero in on Sushma Swaraj's Vidisha

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - The Indian Express

J-PAL affiliates plan to pilot an evaluation of interventions to improve police efficiency in the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh.

Employees of India rural employment guarantee program at work

What America would look like if it guaranteed everyone a job

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Vox

Vox cites research by J-PAL affiliates on India's employment guarantee program in an article discussing whether the United States should implement a similar policy.

Biometric authentication using thumbprint

Smartcards for smarter payments: Improving state capacity in Andhra Pradesh

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - J-PAL

Developing country governments spend millions on anti-poverty programs, yet this money often does not reach the poor. Could electronic payments systems with biometric authentication help solve this...

Woman plays math games with preschoolers

MIT Study Says Pre-School Intervention Enhances Intuitive But Not Formal Mathematics, May Curb Learning Deficit In Indian Schools

Monday, August 21, 2017 - NDTV

New Delhi Television Limited covers a study co-authored by J-PAL Director Esther Duflo on the impact of educational games on preschoolers' math skills.

Power line at sunset

What If We Gave The World Solar Mini-Grids, And The World Didn't Want Them

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Forbes

Michael Greenstone discusses his research from Bihar, India, which found low demand for solar power.

MoU signing ceremony

State Police, MIT sign MoU

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - The Hitavada

J-PAL South Asia signed a memorandum of understanding with the Madhya Pradesh Police in an effort to to make community policing more effective.

Students working together on a laptop.

Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - The Economist

How can we use technology to close inequalities in education? “There are not many other interventions with credible evidence showing these kinds of effects,” says Phil Oreopoulos (University of...