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Study finds physicians are effective messengers of Covid-19 information regardless of recipients’ race or political beliefs

A new large-scale randomized evaluation has found that messages delivered by physicians increased knowledge about Covid-19 and use of preventative health measures, like mask-wearing and social distancing, regardless of recipients’ race or political beliefs. This research shows that information...

Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of Covid-19 information

A recent study by J-PAL affiliates explores how people's behavior in the light of Covid-19 can be influenced with accurate and clear information conveyed by trusted experts, such as physicians.

Why Evidence Should Be a Priority in Pandemic Recovery

J-PAL North America's Rohit Naimpally writes about the opportunity to leverage evidence-based approaches to address long-term systemic challenges in state and local governments.

May 2021 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's May newsletter features research on scaling and replicating summer jobs programs, a blog post on a research-practice partnership that seeks to improve education in Puerto Rico, and our new webpage on K-12 tutoring.

Jobless Benefits Don’t Make People ‘Lazy,’ Nobel Laureate Esther Duflo Says

In an interview with the New York Times, J-PAL co-founder and Nobel laureate Esther Duflo explains that the desire to do meaningful work and be respected for it is more dominant than financial incentives.

April 2021 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's April newsletter highlights our new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage and two upcoming events, the [email protected] virtual convening and the Evaluation Social Programs executive education course.

How politics is shaping Biden’s infrastructure proposal

The White House makes compromises in the implementation of their new climate-focused infrastructure policy, reflecting how political pragmatism is shaping the new administration’s governing style. While the White House's infrastructure plan is politically popular, they may have to sacrifice cost...

How to Stop the Poverty Pandemic

Experience shows that innovative and evidence-based approaches, when executed well, can dent poverty. With the Covid-19 pandemic threatening to reverse hard-won global gains, the need for policy-relevant research, and for scaling effective solutions, has never been more urgent.