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October 2022 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's October 2022 newsletter features blog posts on inclusive language at J-PAL; rigorous research in maternal health; and our Associate Directors of Policy and Research

Stanford University to study foreign agricultural worker program in WA

Use of the H-2A program, where agricultural employers hire foreign workers seasonally when they cannot find enough local labor, has skyrocketed since the turn of the millennium. Yakima County had 8,000 such workers October 2021 and June 2022. Researchers from Stanford University and the Washington...

MIT Professor says the pandemic exposed the need to update U.S. government technology

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with MIT economics professor David Autor about how outdated U.S. government technology contributed to fraud in pandemic aid, like the Paycheck Protection Program.

The fading American Dream in numbers, and what you can do about it

The fading of the ‘American Dream’–along with similar ideals in other developed nations–reflects a fundamental change in the American economy, argued renowned economist Raj Chetty, in a presentation using big data to pinpoint causes and put forward possible solutions.

Is Hybrid Work Doomed?

Stanford University professor Nicholas Bloom joins the show to talk about how the hybrid work revolution is going, and how the weakened connection between work and home continues to change where Americans live, how they travel, how they spend their time, how they raise their kids, and even how much...

Does tutoring work? An education economist examines the evidence on whether it’s effective

With reading and math scores plummeting during the pandemic, educators and parents are now turning their attention to how kids can catch up. In a Q&A, Susanna Loeb, an education economist at Brown University, shines a light on the best ways to use tutoring to help students get back on track.

Study tests the impact of e-mail alerts on risky opioid prescribing

Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health reported new findings from a clinical trial of email alerts from pharmacists to doctors and other practitioners to reduce risky opioid prescribing. The results highlight the value of rigorous testing to ensure policies to make opioid...

September 2022 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's September newsletter features our work on high-impact tutoring from all angles, including policy decisions informed by J-PAL evidence, a new interactive course on implementing high-impact tutoring, and reflections from a past high school tutor.