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Paying Off People’s Medical Debt Has Little Impact on Their Lives, Study Finds

A nonprofit group called R.I.P. Medical Debt has relieved Americans of $11 billion in hospital bills. But that did not improve their mental health or their credit scores, a study found.

May 2024 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's May newsletter features an interview with Rachel Maltz, Senior Program Manager of the City of Carlsbad California’s Innovation and Economic Development Department; new research results on understanding demand for police alternatives, and a blog post on the effects of increasing...

A modest intervention that helps low-income families beat the poverty trap

Letting people work with a “navigator” dramatically increases how often they move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.

April 2024 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's April newsletter features our research partnerships in Puerto Rico and new research results on medical debt relief.

How Mark Zuckerberg is reimagining the classroom

CNN
“I think that (VR) is one area that really would benefit from having some additional research,” said Vincent Quan, an education researcher and co-executive director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

March 2024 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's March Newsletter features reflections on our recent work and upcoming plans to advance rigorous research on racial equity, including our seven-part blog series on how research plays a critical role in identifying systems and policies that further racial equity.

February 2024 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's February newsletter features upcoming opportunities for state and local governments through the LEVER initiative, an interview with J-PAL affiliated researcher Greg Duncan, and a blog post about regression to the mean and impact evaluation.

Real-world experiments in messaging show that getting low-income people the help they need is more effective when stigma is reduced

There are pervasive stereotypes that Americans who are low income and access government assistance are lazy, lack a work ethic and are even morally inferior. This stigma has been shown to have many negative consequences. But until now, there’s been little research on whether this stigma influences...