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How debit cards helped Indonesia’s poor get more food

Rastra, Indonesia’s national food aid program, is more effective when people experiencing poverty use debit cards at grocery stores rather than receiving bags of food sent to their homes, according to an MIT J-PAL study.

February 2023 Newsletter

The February 2023 Newsletter features our 20th-anniversary edition of “Improving Lives Through Evidence," which showcases how our work has evolved over the years, the launch of the Learning for All Initiative (LAI), and an affiliate spotlight on Monica Martinez-Bravo.

JICA commits to be a strong standing partner for India in its plans to strengthen the education system on International Education Day

On International Education Day, the Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA) shared its various initiatives that are targeted at strengthening India’s education system. In 2020, JICA signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with Pratham Education Foundation, an NGO in India, and the Abdul Latif...

Summer jobs for youth pay off

When the topic of the achievement gap comes up, the conversation invariably veers to all the out-of-school factors facing low-income students and students of color that are correlated with poorer outcomes on academic performance, high school graduation, and other measures. New research evidence...

A Revolutionary Move For A Better Future

Harvard economist Raj Chetty focuses on economic inequality and social mobility: the ability of each generation of a family to enjoy a quality of life better than the previous one. Multiple studies have found that the U.S. is one of the world’s least socially mobile countries. Through his work...

New governors can create vital policies by following the evidence

In a world with limited resources, the agenda setting process to achieve policy goals requires making difficult decisions about which programs to invest in. To ensure resources are spent on programs that actually work, new governors should rely on evidence. Evidence from randomized evaluations can...

January 2023 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's January newsletter features the scientific director transition and a new partner blog with Bridget Mercier, J-PAL North America Policy and Training Manager.

January 2023 Newsletter

Our January 2023 Newsletter features tips for navigating PhD admissions, an affiliate spotlight on Elizabeth Linos, and reflections from alumni of J-PAL LAC’s Diploma.