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Locked out of critical care: Covid-19 lockdown and non-Covid mortality

J-PAL's Health co-chair Pascaline Dupas writes about India’s 10-week long national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 was among the most severe in the world. The article investigates the effects of the lockdown restrictions on healthcare access and health outcomes for patients needing life...

January 2021 Newsletter

J-PAL reflects on the last year, including achievements, hardships from the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it will continue to build on lessons learned in 2021.

Education in 2021: Perspectives from Botswana

The Teaching at the Right Level approach — delivered both in schools and its principles delivered virtually through mobile phones — is a way to address the learning crisis and build back better to enable all children to achieve foundational learning. In Botswana, researchers were able to rapidly...

December 2020 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's December newsletter features research on tutoring as a strategy to combat Covid-19 learning loss, a recent webinar series on the use of administrative data in policy research, and a new learning agenda for state and local policymakers.

Exclusive: France to launch development innovation fund chaired by Esther Duflo

France will start a Fund for Innovation in Development next year to test and scale up solutions to poverty and inequality, a move its founders hope will “transform” the country’s approach to aid.

Unpaid electric bills undermine efforts to improve access: Study

Electric utilities in many developing countries often don't get fully paid by consumers for the power they supply.

Building resilience among ultra-poor for times of crisis

Shagun Sabarwal and Maximilian Lohnert from J-PAL South Asia write about the lack of integration into the existing social protection system exacerbates the poor's vulnerabilities, leaving them without adequate support structures during a crisis. They also discuss how investing in a livelihood...

December 2020 Newsletter

The December 2020 Newsletter highlights a new J-PAL Africa blog series that explores key policy and research questions on different digital identification and payments systems.