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Growth Is Not Enough

J-PAL Global Executive Director Iqbal Dhaliwal and Senior Policy Associate Samantha Friedlander discuss why economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to solve the problems of those living in poverty around the world.

Closing the COVID Trust Deficit

Pascaline Dupas, Joseph Doyle, and Karen Macours write about the emerging body of evidence that holds important lessons for overcoming Covid-19 information constraints, combating misinformation, and building trust in health systems. These insights may also help to improve delivery and increase...

The Pandemic Pushed This Farmer Into Deep Poverty. Then Something Amazing Happened

NPR
NPR features a project funded by J-PAL's Innovation in Government Initiative - an ambitious cash transfer program to provide immediate cash support to poor households that are impacted by Covid-19. The project by Joshua Blumenstock, Christopher Udry, and Dean Karlan assists the Togo government's...

February 2021 Newsletter

In the February 2021 Newsletter, we highlight the effect of Covid-19 on women's work, the King Climate Action Initiative's inaugural funding competition, and the potential of Computer-Assisted Learning technology to rebuild students’ foundational skills after the pandemic.

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

NPR
NPR featured a randomized evaluation by J-PAL affiliates on whether financial concerns make workers less productive. The evaluation was conducted over a couple weeks at a factory in Odisha, India. The workers at the factory make disposable plates used at local eateries. When the researchers...

A pandemic, an infodemic, and the fear of vaccination

Shreya Chaturvedi from J-PAL South Asia writes about government preparation for Covid-19 vaccination drives. While governments prepare for Covid-19 vaccination drives, sharing information strategically can promote behavioral changes and influence public opinion. In addition to traditional messaging...

January 2021 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's January newsletter recaps a recent webinar on state and local responses to climate change, highlights new research on how improved Covid-19 messaging can help address racial health disparities, and showcases a new research resources library.

Why It’s So Hard to Cut Waste in Health Care

During the pandemic, people have been getting less medical treatment. This saves money but could harm their health, according to J-PAL affiliate Amy Finkelstein citing a J-PAL briefcase.