Sectors

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Sectors

Browse the latest research and insights from J-PAL’s eight sectors. Led by J-PAL affiliated professors, sector teams manage initiatives that fund research, create publications that summarize lessons from randomized evaluations, and host policy and training outreach events.

Evaluation

Temporary Labor Migration as Mitigation: Strategies for Managing Seasonal Famine in Bangladesh

Can monetary incentives induce rural farmers to migrate to cities and pursue seasonal labor opportunities during times of famine?

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Lesson

Protecting Farmers from Weather-Based Risk

Weather index insurance protects farmers against losses from extreme weather and facilitates investment in their farms, but randomized evaluations have shown low demand for these products at market...

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Evaluation

Improving Governance Through Biometric Authentication and Secure Payments in India

In India, a biometrically authenticated payment system reduced corruption and substantially improved the delivery of government social assistance programs despite partial implementation.

Lesson

Reducing Crime with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy helped young urban men in Liberia and the United States become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when...

Children in India do classwork using chalk on the stone floor

Lesson

Improving Student Participation

The results of randomized evaluations reveal the most cost-effective approaches to improving student attendance.

Zambian woman talks to nurse in front of table with birth control options

Evaluation

Contraceptive Adoption, Fertility, and the Family in Zambia

Women who received private access to vouchers for contraceptives were more likely to take up and use contraception, compared to women whose husbands were involved in the voucher program. In contexts...

Blog

Tackling crime and violence in Latin America with cognitive behavioral therapy

Developing new strategies to reduce crime and violence is a top priority for Latin American policymakers. Much of the violence in the region affects young men as both victims and perpetrators....