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Recognizing World Health Day: Discovering what works to improve mental health around the world

Friday, April 7, 2017 - J-PAL

We often think about health in physical terms, and even then, we sometimes take our own health for granted until we start to feel poorly or become sick ourselves. The World Health Organization,...

Esther Duflo talking in front of image of Indian women at political gathering

Video: Esther Duflo on Representation for Women in India

Friday, March 31, 2017 - Core Econ

J-PAL Director Esther Duflo discussed research on how quotas for women to serve on panchayats--Indian village councils--affected what investments the village made as well as local attitudes towards...

Children using computers to learn

Tech, If Used Correctly, Could Transform Learning in India’s Govt Schools

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - IndiaSpend

IndiaSpend reports on J-PAL funded research examining the impact of Mindspark, a personalized learning software, on student achievement in India.

Women laboring as part of MGNREGS

To count India’s cashless, and the without-cash, need is to reverse how we identify poverty

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - The Hindustan Times

Gautam Patel, J-PAL South Asia Senior Policy Manager proposes some reverse thinking to identify India's poorest: asking them to identify themselves and apply for benefits. Citing evidence from a...

Women laboring as part of MGNREGS

Getting India's women into the workforce: Time for a smart approach

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Ideas for India

Co-Chair of J-PAL's Political Economy and Governance sector, Rohini Pande, discusses policies to overcome social norms that discourage Indian women from working.

Education Failure, Leading Reason For UP Job Woes, Isn’t An Election Issue

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - India Spend

Spend India features the findings of a J-PAL randomized controlled trial in India that engaged communities in education. Interventions that involve beneficiaries in improving public services have...

Crop insurance: Low demand calls for rethink

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Indian Express

The Indian Express featured a summary of J-PAL's bulletin, Make it Rain, which discusses the low demand among farmers for weather index insurance.

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...