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President Obama with members of the SBST

White House releases report on applying behavioral science to government policy

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - MIT News

The White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) has been working to make government more effective, recently released its second report. This might seem like quiet, behind-the-scenes-...

Training can improve unlicensed health care providers: study

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - The Economic Times

A study, co-authored by Abhijit Banerjee and others, analysed whether unlicensed health care providers could act adequately when faced with information pertaining to three types of illnesses -...

University of Michigan launches Youth Policy Lab to improve young lives

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - University of Michigan News

Researchers at the University of Michigan have launched a new lab designed to help state and local agencies, social service providers, nonprofits and educators improve life outcomes for Michigan...

UCL economist receives Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Science Business

The Jacobs Foundation has awarded J-PAL Affiliate Professor Orazio Attanasio with the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in child and youth...

Can training 'fake doctors' improve India's healthcare?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - BBC

Abhijit Banerjee and coauthors studied the impact of traning informal healthcare providers in West Bengal. The study found that although those who had taken the Liver Foundation course were more...

What the Equality of Opportunity Project Actually Says About Commuting

Monday, October 10, 2016 - StreetsBlog USA

With their results, the studies coming out of the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, have become an important touchstone for journalists and transportation...

Now, healing with ‘qualified’ quacks

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - The Hindu

Key findings are reported from a study conducted by Abhijit Banerjee and other researchers on the impact of training informal healthcare providers in India. 

Your inflexible friend

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - The Economist

Microlending is booming once again. If it is to help people out of poverty, though, it needs to work much better.