The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Billions of dollars in government funds go missing each year due to corruption, but there is limited consensus on how best to tackle this global challenge. Researchers leveraged data from Brazil’s long-standing anticorruption program, which holds public lotteries to randomly select municipalities for audit. These government audits, aimed at uncovering the misuse of public resources, reduced corruption by promoting both electoral and judicial accountability.
Summer youth employment programs that provided minimum wage summer jobs to mainly disadvantaged youth in New York City and Chicago reduced arrests for violent crimes, incarceration, and premature deaths.
Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is an evidence-based education intervention that targets teaching to the basic skill level of the child. TaRL pioneer Pratham, together with J-PAL Africa, worked closely with the Ministry of General Education in Zambia to produce a set of videos that transport the viewer into a classroom implementing the approach.
In our interview with Christopher Neilson (Princeton University), he describes his research interest in applications of technology to close information gaps to reduce poverty. “I think in the future, we will see artificial intelligence ‘personal assistants’ helping humans make better choices... I am hopeful that leveling the information playing field would make society more meritocratic and generate more social mobility.”
910 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 79 countries
Result #5/5: Programs seeking to reduce adolescent pregnancy should involve parents and others who have influence o… https://t.co/...
Result #4: Incentives can make a difference. Incentives like scholarships, free school uniforms, and cash transfers… https://t.co/...
Result #3: Education matters. Subsidizing school costs helps girls stay in school, which in turn encourages delays… https://t.co/...
Result #2: Programs that enhance life aspirations can lead girls and young women to delay childbearing. Adolescents… https://t.co/...
We lay out five key results in our latest policy brief on evidence-based approaches to delaying adolescent pregnanc… https://t.co/oqJiAjQ2zJ
- Looking to build your impact evaluation skills? Join us in Kampala, Uganda for our next Executive Education course, 6-10 August 2018. The course, co-hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action, provides a thorough understanding of the costs and benefits of randomized evaluations and step-by-step guidance for running your own evaluation. Check out the agenda and apply by this Friday, June 22: https://j-p.al/2KAATQQ 1 day 13 hours ago.
- Interested in learning more about how technology can improve learning - and how to evaluate its impact? Join us for a conference June 28-29 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, co-hosted by Proyecto Educar and J-PAL LAC. Register now before space runs out - https://j-p.al/2HJdIBg 1 week 14 hours ago.
- "The skills I gained from the MicroMasters program helped open doors for me to pursue new ventures and share knowledge with my colleagues and peers." Hear from Norman, a learner in the MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy: https://j-p.al/2M7Gmzk & tag a friend who might be interested! 1 week 4 days ago.
- There's still time to register for Wednesday's panel event in London with DFID - UK Department for International Development and Innovations for Poverty Action: "New Frontiers: Policy Lessons from Randomized Evaluations in Governance, Conflict, and Corruption." More at j-p.al/2snS4hh - register now! (For those not in London, video will be posted after the event!) 2 weeks 1 day ago.
- Know a talented master's or PhD student looking to grow their data analysis skills? We're hiring paid summer interns to advance our research transparency efforts! Learn more and apply at https://j-p.al/2JeUkkt. 2 weeks 4 days ago.