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.

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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 multilaterals to go a step beyond ensuring school re-entry to achieving learning for all—including the most disadvantaged.

Students working at a Mindspark center in Delhi.

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

Researchers evaluated a computer-based adaptive learning platform (Mindspark) for secondary school students in urban India to measure the impact of customized learning technology on student test scores. The program increased test scores across all groups of students and was cost-effective compared...

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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.

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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

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Co-Chair, Education

Associate Professor

University of Chicago

Co-Chair, Education

Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

Co-Chair, Education

Professor of Economics

University of Toronto

Sector Contacts

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Policy Associate, J-PAL Global