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Schools ramp up battle against chronic absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism — commonly defined as missing more than 10 percent of school days — has affected millions of students and caught the attention of the White House, which has said the issue calls for an “all-hands-an-deck approach.”

November 2023 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's November newsletter features J-PAL's inclusive language and asset-based framing guidelines; rigorous research on cash transfers, and our upcoming webinar on evaluating effectiveness and equity in climate mitigation programs.

J-PAL North America and Results for America announce 18 collaborations with state and local governments

J-PAL North America and Results for America have announced 18 new partnerships with state and local governments across the country through their Leveraging Evidence and Evaluation for Equitable Recovery (LEVER) programming, which launched in April of this year.

September 2023 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's September newsletter features our 10-year anniversary: highlights from our two-day convening, a new impact webpage and blog series, and our inaugural Evidence Champions.

Western Mass. native will lead statewide program to help low-income residents reach financial stability

Low-income residents often face a Catch-22 when looking to move up in their careers. They can either earn more money or lose their state-provided benefits — like SNAP, housing vouchers, or subsidized childcare. This is known as a “benefits cliff” and is experienced by Americans who live below 200%...

Viewpoint: How a Person's Name Can Prompt Hiring Discrimination

Martin Abel is a behavioral economist who researches discrimination in labor markets. In a study based on a hiring experiment he conducted with another economist, Rulof Burger, they found that participants systematically discriminated against job candidates with names they associated with Black...

J-PAL North America August 2023 Newsletter

J-PAL North America's August newsletter features a blog series on fostering inclusion in economics; a new Washington Post article on rigorous research in maternal health; and a new Policy Insight and blog on federal student aid take-up.

Opinion: Want to fix America’s maternal health crisis? Here’s where to start.

The Editorial Board writes calls for federal, state, and local institutions to start thinking creatively about how to better serve mothers. Features J-PAL affiliated researcher Jessica Cohen (Harvard University) and J-PAL supported research from affiliated researcher Margaret McConnell (Harvard...