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A Nobel-Winning Way to Make Effective Policy

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - Governing

Executive Director of J-PAL North America, Mary Ann Bates, discusses how randomized evaluations can support evidence-based decision-making among governments in the United States

Health care practitioner with a patient

New health insurance insights: Economists analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - MIT News

J-PAL affiliate, Amy Finkelstein, and co-authors analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid in a new analysis of a randomized health insurance program in Oregon

Power lines in New Delhi, India

Electrifying India May Require Convincing People Power Is Something Worth Paying For

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Forbes

Co-Chair of J-PAL's Environment, Energy, and Climate Change sector, Michael Greenstone, discusses ongoing energy research in the Indian state of Bihar.

Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee

How the economics Nobel laureates’ methods could help fight poverty in the U.S.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - PBS NewsHour

Vincent Quan, Associate Director of Policy at J-PAL North America, reflects on what we've learned from randomized evaluations in the U.S.

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Glimpses of Pratham's 20-year partnership with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - The Indian Express

Rukmini Banerji of J-PAL partner, Pratham, says, "little did we know when we embarked together on a journey 20 years ago, that the path from Mumbai’s municipal schools would eventually lead to...

Release: Announcing new research partnerships to promote social inclusion for migrants in Europe

Monday, December 9, 2019

J-PAL Europe, together with Community Jameel and Porticus, announce new research partnerships to promote social inclusion for migrants and refugees in Europe

Fare machine

Pilot program to test free and discounted Metro fare cards for low-income D.C. residents

Monday, December 9, 2019 - The Washington Post

A pilot program funded by J-PAL North America's State and Local Innovation Initiative aims to elimate costs of transportation for more than 1,000 low-income residents in Washington D.C.

Illustration of apartment buildings

Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power of Place and Education

Monday, December 9, 2019 - NPR Hidden Brain

NPR's Hidden Brain speak with J-PAL affiliate, Raj Chetty, on economic mobility in the US