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Karthik Muralidharan: ‘To an extent, both supporters and critics of Aadhaar for service delivery are correct’

A J-PAL study in Jharkhand on the use of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication (ABBA) in PDS delivery has found that leakages were reduced but at the cost of genuine beneficiaries getting excluded.

New study points out the shortcomings of the Aadhaar-linked PDS system

The government claims to have saved Rs 90,000 crore by way of eliminating subsidy/benefit leakages by using Aadhaar, as the resulting identification system has helped identify ghost and ineligible beneficiaries.

Bulk of Jharkhand’s deleted ration cards weren’t fake, study shows

Almost 90% of ration cards deemed fake and deleted by the Jharkhand government between 2016 and 2018 actually belonged to existing, valid households, according to a new study by economists affiliated to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

Glimpses of Pratham's 20-year partnership with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Rukmini Banerji of J-PAL partner, Pratham, says, "little did we know when we embarked together on a journey 20 years ago, that the path from Mumbai’s municipal schools would eventually lead to Stockholm and a Nobel prize".

Odisha Govt Asks Employees to Take Online Courses on Better Governance

Odisha government asks employees to enroll in policy-oriented online courses offered by J-PAL and other institutions.

Banerjee and Duflo’s journey with Pratham

This year’s economics Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked closely with education NGO Pratham in India for more than 20 years. Pratham’s CEO Rukmini Banerji provides a professional and personal glimpse into this unique partnership of research and practice that has led to the...