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Release: J-PAL Co-Founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo Awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, were jointly awarded the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The prize was awarded “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

The Myth of Welfare Dependency

Recent research by affiliated researcher Rema Hanna suggests that the longer low-income families receive stable and predictable support, the better they and their children do.

Given an out, people still fall back into debt

Research conducted by J-PAL affiliates finds that keeping people out of debt traps isn’t as simple as paying off their loans.

For food-aid recipients, information is power

Research by Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Ben Olken, and Sudarno Sumarto finds that distributing a simple card explaining a government aid program leads to poor villagers in Indonesia receiving more of the subsidized rice they are entitled to.

The Power of Religion

The UBI Debate: What We Know – and Don’t Know – About Universal Basic Income

If universal transfers are not fiscally or politically feasible, a promising intervention is to send cash transfers to those who meet some eligibility criteria. Evidence from Indonesia on how to accurately and cost-effectively identify eligible individuals can help inform the design of cash transfer...