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Young man works on a bike

More jobs, less crime

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - J-PAL

A growing body of evidence, including a number of evaluations by several J-PAL affiliates, shows that summer employment programs can lower violent crime rates among youth.

Woman sits reading a book with a child in school uniform

Zambia to scale Teaching at the Right Level program to 1,800 schools

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - J-PAL

Building on over a decade of rigorous research around the world and two years of iterative learning in Zambia, the Ministry of General Education will scale up a program called Catch Up to...

How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money?

Monday, August 7, 2017 - NPR

NPR profiles two families in Kenya who receive cash transfers from GiveDirectly. J-PAL affiliates plan to implement a randomized evaluation of this program.

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What If We Gave The World Solar Mini-Grids, And The World Didn't Want Them

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Forbes

Michael Greenstone discusses his research from Bihar, India, which found low demand for solar power.

Two students work on a whiteboard

Here’s a choice for Massachusetts’ public schools: study top charters’ practices to help underserved students

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - The Hechinger Report

In this opinion piece, J-PAL staff Julia Chabrier, researcher Sarah Cohodes, and J-PAL affiliate Philip Oreopoulos summarize the evidence from randomized evaluations of charter schools in the US.

Train station in China

Working From Home Is ( … Probably) Not Ruining Your Social Skills

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - New York Magazine

New York Magazine cites J-PAL affiliate Nicholas Bloom's research which found that a Chinese travel agency was able to reduce its turnover rate from by allowing employees to work from home up to four...

Factory in Ethiopia

Everything You Know About Sweatshops is Wrong

Friday, July 28, 2017 - Global Dispatches

On this podcast, J-PAL affiliate Chris Blattman discusses his research on the impact of factory jobs on employees in Ethiopia.

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We know how to reduce deforestation – so where's the money?

Friday, July 28, 2017 - The Guardian

The Guardian covers J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran's randomized evaluation of payments for ecosystem services in Uganda.