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How Poverty Ends: The Many Paths to Progress—and Why They May Not Continue

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Foreign Affairs

J-PAL co-founders and Nobel laureates, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, discuss how the best way to transform millions of lives is not to try in vain to boost growth, but to focus squarely on the...

Recipients of money from GiveDirectly plant a cypress sapling

Researchers Find A Remarkable Ripple Effect When You Give Cash To Poor Families

Monday, December 2, 2019 - NPR Goats and Soda

J-PAL affiliate, Edward Miguel, discusses recent findings from an evaluation of unconditional cash transfers in Kenya

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When a Disappointment Helped Lead to a Nobel Prize

Friday, November 29, 2019 - The New York Times

J-PAL affiliate, Seema Jayachandran, discusses how Nobel laureates, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, have learned from pioneering field experiments that sometimes did not work as...

A GiveDirectly staffer conducts an introductory meeting in rural Kenya

A charity dropped a massive stimulus package on rural Kenya—and transformed the economy

Monday, November 25, 2019 - Vox

Vox Dev discusses results from J-PAL affiliate Edward Miguel and his co-authors on the evaluation of GiveDirectly's unconditional cash transfer program.

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Odisha Govt Asks Employees to Take Online Courses on Better Governance

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - The Hindustan Times

Odisha government asks employees to enroll in policy-oriented online courses offered by J-PAL and other institutions.

New research partnership evaluates innovation in family engagement

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - MIT News

J-PAL North America is partnering with TalkingPoints multilingual family engagement platform assess the intervention's impact on student achievement.

Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

Solutions for Economic Inequality from 2019 Nobel Prize Winners

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - WBUR

J-PAL co-founders, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, discuss the trickiest global challenges on NPR's On Point.

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Banerjee and Duflo’s journey with Pratham

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Ideas for India

This year’s economics Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked closely with education NGO Pratham in India for more than 20 years. Pratham’s CEO Rukmini Banerji provides a...