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The Analytical Angle: Taking an experimental approach on civil service reform

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Dawn

J-PAL affiliates are working with the Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab on a series of studies which have yielded insights both on how to improve the civil service and how to approach reform...

MIT associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science Stefanie Jegelka standing in front of the classroom.

Women in Data Science conference unites global community of researchers and practitioners

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - MIT News

MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society co-hosted WiDS Cambridge, a daylong conference connecting female data scientists, including J-PAL Director Esther Duflo, across academia and industry.

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4 Ways Workplace Automation can Help HR Teams Get Work Done Right

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - HR Technologist

An article about embracing automation in the workplace references a study by J-PAL affiliate Nicholas Bloom which suggested that working remotely increased the productivity and job satisfaction of...

Esther Duflo gives a lecture in the front of a classroom.

Video: Machinistas Meet Randomistas

Friday, March 15, 2019 - MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Esther Duflo speaks at MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society during the Women in Data Science conference about useful machine learning tools for empirical researchers.

Women attend a meeting for Aajeevika, a government loan program available to women, at the program’s office in Khizasarai, Bihar. (Photographer: Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg)

Why India Needs More Women To Contest 2019 Elections

Friday, March 15, 2019 - Bloomberg Quint

As India gears up for its 17th general elections, Bloomberg Quint references a study conducted by J-PAL affiliates in 2017 that found women constituents were more concerned about issues like water...

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The Best Ed-Tech Research: 5 Key Lessons for Educators

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Education Week

J-PAL North America's new publication, "Will Technology Transform Education for the Better?" looks at evidence from 126 rigorous experimental studies, most of which involved randomized control trials...

Near a slum cluster in Delhi (Associated Press)

Public disclosures help hold politicians accountable

Monday, March 11, 2019 - Chicago Booth Review

MIT’s Abhijit Banerjee and Harvard’s Nils Enevoldsen, Rohini Pande, and Michael Walton examined the effect that publicizing politicians’ records had on electoral results in the 2012 municipal...

March 2019 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

J-PAL celebrates International Women's Day, discusses research on preventing patients from consuming unnecessary medical treatments, and presents a new policy publication on incentivized community...