J-PAL’s Education sector seeks to improve access to and delivery of high-quality schooling at the primary and post-primary levels through research on issues like pedagogy, teacher training, incentives (for children, for teachers, for families), school governance, early childhood development, and information and communications technology.

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research through the Post-Primary Education Initiative.

Students working at a Mindspark center in Delhi.

Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India

We study the impact of a personalized technology-aided after-school instruction program in middle-school grades in urban India using a lottery that provided winners free access to the program.

Teens in school uniforms work on assignment

Returns to Secondary Schooling in Ghana

In this ongoing study, researchers are evaluating the effect of secondary school scholarships on educational attainment and cognitive skills in the short run, and on life outcomes in the longer run, from employment and health outcomes to civic participation and attitudes.

A girl in school in India
Policy Insight

Increasing student enrollment and attendance: impacts by gender

Reducing the costs and increasing the perceived benefits of education increase student participation for both boys and girls, and successful programs tend to help the gender with the lowest initial attendance most.

Policy Insight

Reducing costs to increase school participation

Programs that reduce the costs of education increase student enrollment and attendance. However, there is considerable variation in the cost effectiveness of different programs.

Sector Chairs

Co-Chair, Education

Professor of Economics and Tata Chancellor's Endowed Chair in Economics

University of California, San Diego

Co-Chair, Education

Professor of Economics

University of Toronto

Sector Contacts

Policy Manager, J-PAL Global

Senior Communications, Policy, and Research Associate to the Executive Director, J-PAL Global

Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global