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May 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - J-PAL

J-PAL announces new library of Policy Insights, a partnership to expand access to higher education for refugees, and more.

For food-aid recipients, information is power

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - MIT News

Research by J-PAL affiliates finds that distributing a simple card explaining a government aid program leads to poor villagers in Indonesia receiving more of the subsidized rice they are entitled to.

Fruit vendor in Mexico

What a Difference a Year (with a Consultant) Makes

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - KelloggInsight

A study in Mexico by J-PAL affiliated researchers found that consultants helped small to medium-size businesses expand.

Person works on computer

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT to expand refugees’ access to higher education

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - Abdul Latif Jameel

J-PAL is teaming up with MIT’s Refugee Action (ReACT) initiative to provide access for selected refugees to the online MicroMasters program in Data, Economics and Development Policy (DEDP).

Students on laptops

Empowering refugees worldwide by providing tools for social change

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - MIT News

J-PAL partners with the MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT) to bring the MITx MicroMasters program in data, economics, and development policy (DEDP) to refugee learners.

Evaluating the panchayati raj institutions at 25

Monday, April 30, 2018 - LiveMint

An opinion piece on panchayati raj institutions in India cites evidence from J-PAL affiliates which found that districts with seats reserved for women invested more in public goods.

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April 2018 Research Newsletter

Friday, April 27, 2018 - J-PAL

Read up on new research from J-PAL affiliates on environmental regulation in India, productivity in Malawian labor markets, and more.

Abhijit Banerjee

SDGs: The people’s agenda?

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Ipsos MORI

J-PAL Director Abhijit Banerjee discusses various topics in development, including randomized evaluations on how to improve political participation.