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Addressing the generalizability puzzle

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - J-PAL

How can policymakers draw on the available evidence, both from their local context and from the global base of impact evaluations in other locations, to make the most informed decision about which...

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A new smart bangle is designed to prevent pregnant women from dying in rural south Asia

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Quartz

J-PAL South Asia manager Matt Bunyi weighs in on how a new smart bangle for maternal health could be improved by providing women with more actionable advice for avoiding pregnancy risks like carbon...

WFP And J-PAL Partner To Promote Child Growth And Immunization In Moyamba District

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and J-PAL Africa are partnering on a program to promote children’s health in Moyamba district, one of the districts in Sierra Leone most affected by...

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May 2017 Research Newsletter

Monday, May 22, 2017 - J-PAL

Learn about new papers from J-PAL affiliates on agricultural markets, energy efficiency programs, vocational training, and more.

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Cash as Capital

Monday, May 22, 2017 - Stanford Social Innovation Review

The authors of this article, many of them J-PAL affiliates, discuss the need for long-term evaluations of cash transfer programs at scale to better understand how to create sustained improvements in...

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First-ever winners of MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs announced

Monday, May 22, 2017 - MIT News

J-PAL Director Esther Duflo and Sara Ellison won the MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs for their work on 14.310x: Data Analysis for Social Scientists, which is one of the courses in MITx...

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Should America Keep Giving Billions Of Dollars To Countries In Need?

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - NPR

NPR discusses with J-PAL Executive Director Rachel Glennerster how ranomized evaluation research can help answer the question of whether foreign aid helps countries grow.

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Did applying for financial aid just get harder?

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - The Hechinger Report

The Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service have announced that a critical tool that helps students complete financial aid applications will be suspended until this fall. In an opinion...