Sectors

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Sectors

Led by Chairs who are affiliated professors, J-PAL sectors provide guidance to our research, policy, and training activities. They manage initiatives that fund research, create publications that summarize lessons from randomized evaluations, and host policy and training outreach events.

People carry large water tank up a hill in terraced agricultural landscape

News

Building the evidence base on smallholders’ barriers to technology adoption

How can we increase profits and improve livelihoods for 500 million smallholder farming households around the world—the most common occupation for people living under US$2 a day?

Police training improves public perception and police morale.

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Police Skills Training

Training police officers in personality development skills was found to improve victim satisfaction and investigation quality. This evidence has contributed to the scale-up of police skills training...

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Publication

What Can We Learn from Charter School Lotteries in the United States?

The estimated impacts of charter schools have varied widely. In Massachusetts, students who won lotteries for charter schools located in urban areas often did substantially better than students who...

Installing power lines in Kenyan village

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Catherine Wolfram

Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Rows of people working at sewing machines

News

Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong

In this op-ed, J-PAL affiliate Chris Blattman discusses his research on the welfare impacts of getting a factory job in Ethiopia.

Three people stand at corrugated tin stand advertising mobile services in a field in Kenya

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Unconditional Cash Transfers: Investing Directly in Poor Families

GiveDirectly has expanded its cash transfer program, which was found in a randomized evaluation to have improved economic and psychological well-being in Kenya, to reach over 60,000 households in...

News

World Malaria Day: End Malaria by Preventing It

This year’s theme for World Malaria Day is “End Malaria for Good”—a theme that reflects the tremendous progress that has been made since 2000 in reducing the incidence of the disease, as well as a...

Women laboring as part of MGNREGS

News

To count India’s cashless, and the without-cash, need is to reverse how we identify poverty

Gautam Patel, J-PAL South Asia Senior Policy Manager proposes some reverse thinking to identify India's poorest: asking them to identify themselves and apply for benefits. Citing evidence from a...