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Does Providing Electricity To The Poor Reduce Poverty? Research Suggests Not Quite

Friday, March 9, 2018 - Forbes

J-PAL affiliates Edward Miguel and Catherine Wolfram discuss their research in Kenya on whether access to electricity helps lift households out of poverty.

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March 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - J-PAL

In the March 2018 newsletter, J-PAL announces the new Gender sector, shares videos from classrooms implementing an evidence-backed pedagogical approach in Zambia, and more.

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Conference advances use of data and evaluation in policymaking

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - MIT News

Government leaders, social service providers, and leading scholars gathered for the second conference of J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative.

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The Hidden Taxes on Women

Friday, March 2, 2018 - The New York Times

J-PAL affiliate Sendhil Mullainathan cites a randomized evaluation on the impacts of gender norms and women’s relationship status on career ambitions in his op-ed.

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Labour-monitoring technologies raise efficiency—and hard questions

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - The Economist

The Economist discusses research by J-PAL affiliates on performance-based payment for data-entry workers who struggled to hit performance targets.

Participants in a religious ceremony in the Philippines

The Power of Religion

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - The New York Times

A New York Times op-ed covers research by J-PAL affiliates on the impact of an evangelical Protestant religious values and theology education program on individuals' economic and subjective wellbeing...

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February 2018 Research Newsletter

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - J-PAL

Read up on the latest research from the J-PAL network, from debt traps in India and the Philippines to workplace wellness programs in the United States.

Woman voting in India

Women’s reservation bill will bridge the gender gap in political decision-making in India

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Hindustan Times

J-PAL South Asia staff Sohini Mookherjee and Arindam Banerjee discuss evidence from J-PAL affiliates which found that women leaders positively impact policy decisions and rise aspirations among...