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Why Is It So Hard to Talk about Money?

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Scientific American

J-PAL affiliate Dina Pomeranz and coauthors found that peer groups helped Chilean micro-entrepreneurs save more.

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Better Governing Through Science

Friday, February 16, 2018 - MIT Spectrum

J-PAL's Government Partnership Initiative helps governments evaluate policies, scale up successful ones, and build an internal culture of evidence-informed decision making.

A group of children at school Colombia

The role of disbursement timing in conditional cash transfer programmes: Long-term effects

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - VoxDev

A randomized evaluation in Colombia shows that delaying disbursement of conditional cash transfers can have substantial long-term effects on educational investment.

Seem Jayachandran

Why Public Health Insurance Could Help, Even if You Don’t Want It

Friday, September 29, 2017 - The New York Times

J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran's op-ed discusses evidence showing that government participation in markets in India and Mexico benefitted consumers and laborers.

A new study debunks one of the biggest arguments against basic income

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Vox

Vox covers a randomized evaluation which found that providing food aid caused food prices to drop in many rural villages in Mexico.

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MIT comes to help Brazil evaluate the impact of public policies (Portuguese)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Exame

Brazilian periodical Exame features J-PAL's new work with the Government of Brazil and discusses the need for rigorous evidence in Brazilian policymaking.

Ethics and the electorate: Conflict-of-interest allegations may not damage Donald Trump

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - The Economist

The Economist cites research by J-PAL affiliates Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan that found that audits of municipal accounts showing financial irregularities and diversion of funds had a dramatic...

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Ready to learn: Generating and using evidence to reduce gender-based violence in Peru

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - J-PAL

How can policymakers learn what programs might effectively reduce gender-based violence in their context? In 2016, Peru has seen 108 murders of women and over 50,000 reported cases of domestic and...