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The Economist as Plumber: J-PAL at the American Economic Association Annual Meeting

Monday, February 6, 2017 - J-PAL

Are economists more like scientists or plumbers? In some cases, the answer is both. When partnering with governments to design new policies and programs, J-PAL Director Esther Duflo contends that...

Pilots for cash transfer in lieu of PDS failing in three UTs

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Business Standard

Research conducted by J-PAL South Asia found that replacing the Indian government's subsidized grain program with cash resulted in beneficiaries not receiving their entitlements.

Testing strategies for preventing violence and crime

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - MIT News

J-PAL North America is funding two new randomized evaluations to test behavioral science strategies designed to nudge high-risk individuals away from crime and violence.

How A Livelihood Programme Is Lifting Women From Extreme Poverty To Own Businesses

Monday, January 30, 2017 - The Logical Indian

A livelihoods program evaluated by J-PAL affiliates and found effective is helping women in India break the cycle of poverty.

Audio: Research Examines The Effects Of Gender On Stated Ambition

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - NPR

NPR features an evaluation by J-PAL affiliates that finds single women are much less likely to express career ambitions compared to married women or men.

Mary Ann Bates on television

Video: Improving Lives Through Research with J-PAL North America

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - ThinkTech Hawaii

J-PAL North America Deputy Executive Director Mary Ann Bates talks to ThinkTech Hawaii about using rigorous data as the basis for policy decisions that will improve the quality of human life.

January 2017 Research Newsletter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - J-PAL

Read new working papers on prepaid electricity metering in South Africa, gender disparities in the labor market in Malawi, and more.

Tax Collection and Civil Society

Monday, January 23, 2017 - Harvard Magazine

J-PAL affiliates Asim Khwaja and Ben Olken found that tax collectors in Pakistan collected much more in taxes when incentivized based on how much revenue they collected.