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Esther Duflo talking in front of image of Indian women at political gathering

Video: Esther Duflo on Representation for Women in India

Friday, March 31, 2017 - Core Econ

J-PAL Director Esther Duflo discussed research on how quotas for women to serve on panchayats--Indian village councils--affected what investments the village made as well as local attitudes towards...

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Tech, If Used Correctly, Could Transform Learning in India’s Govt Schools

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - IndiaSpend

IndiaSpend reports on J-PAL funded research examining the impact of Mindspark, a personalized learning software, on student achievement in India.

Women laboring as part of MGNREGS

To count India’s cashless, and the without-cash, need is to reverse how we identify poverty

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - The Hindustan Times

Gautam Patel, J-PAL South Asia Senior Policy Manager proposes some reverse thinking to identify India's poorest: asking them to identify themselves and apply for benefits. Citing evidence from a...

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Will repealing Obamacare really kill 60,000 people?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - The Washington Post

The Washington Post cites Amy Finkelstein's (Scientific Director, J-PAL North America) research on the effects of the 2008 Medicaid expansion in Oregon.

Doctors rush patient on stretcher

What’s at Stake in a Health Bill That Slashes the Safety Net

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - The New York Times

The New York Times cites research by J-PAL affiliates Katherine Baicker and Amy Finkelstein on the impact of exending Medicaid to the uninsured.

March 2017 Research Newsletter

Monday, March 20, 2017 - J-PAL

Read new papers from J-PAL affiliates on nudging medical providers to adopt better care practices, the impact of savings groups in Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda, interventions to reduce crime...

Fields of coffee in Brazil

MIT comes to help Brazil evaluate the impact of public policies (Portuguese)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Exame

Brazilian periodical Exame features J-PAL's new work with the Government of Brazil and discusses the need for rigorous evidence in Brazilian policymaking.

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Medicaid expansion bolsters population health but at a cost, Harvard economist says

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Healthcare IT News

J-PAL affiliate Katherine Baicker discusses her research showing that expanding Medicaid coverage in Oregon increased the use of care services and improved overall health while diminishing financial...