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Diverse international cohort first to earn MIT master's degrees in data, economics, and development policy

Twenty-two students from 14 countries take an evidence-based approach to affecting global change.

September 2020 Newsletter

J-PAL's September 2020 newsletter celebrates the graduates of the Data, Economics, and Development Policy master’s program, welcomes new affiliates, and looks at how evidences can inform responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

How tutoring programs can combat the “Covid-19 slide”

Summarizing results from 96 randomized evaluations, new J-PAL North America publication highlights the sizable impact tutoring programs can have on student learning.

The NEP’s Focus on Early Childhood Education Can Help Children Live up to Their Potential

New research, which shows early childhood education programs are most impactful and cost-effective, should be incorporated to ensure effectiveness.

Focusing on the Foundations: Education in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an unprecedented 1 billion children out of school for substantial periods of time. This has significant implications for equity, with children from low-resource families most at risk of being left further behind. Now is a unique opportunity for governments, NGOs, and...

The pandemic has created unexpected summer jobs for these young people

The summer job is a rite of passage for many teens and younger adults. Because of the pandemic, however, traditional roles such as camp counselor, lifeguard and waiter, are scarce. But as John Yang reports, some local governments are providing these young people with other unemployment options, from...

In Iraq, mixed-religion soccer teams helped build social cohesion, healed wounds after war

A new study, released today in Science, points to a way to repair social ties and promote coexistence after war. The study found that in post-ISIS Iraq, mixing Christians and Muslims on soccer teams made Christian players more tolerant toward Muslims in their league, though the sentiments did not...

Could Giving Kids A 50-Cent Pill Massively Boost Their Income Years Later?

It’s one of the cheapest ways to help kids in extremely poor countries: Twice a year, give them a 50-cent pill to kill off nasty intestinal parasites. Now, a landmark study finds the benefits carry over long into adulthood