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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.


Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh

Child marriage is correlated with negative health and education outcomes around the world. Researchers evaluated the impacts of a conditional incentive program and an adolescent empowerment program...

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The Impacts of a Public Apprenticeship Program in Côte d'Ivoire

Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing rapid demographic growth. While formal unemployment is low, wage job opportunities are limited. In this context, a vast majority of young people are engaged in low-...

Police training improves public perception and police morale.


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...


Encouraging Carpooling in Malaysia and Singapore

Traffic is a significant concern in many rapidly developing and urbanizing countries, as it contributes to increased commute times, pollution, and fuel consumption. One solution to this challenge...


IPA J-PAL Measuring Women’s Empowerment Researcher Gathering

In May of 2017, IPA and J-PAL brought together a small group of researchers and donors to discuss several current debates and challenges in measuring women’s empowerment and to generate a practical...

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


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?

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Promoting Non-Cognitive Skills Through a Science and Technology Program in Chile

Non-cognitive skills and personality traits are important in determining educational and later life outcomes. However, little research exists about whether these skills and traits can be improved...


Using Peer Pressure to Encourage Handwashing in Argentina

Handwashing is a simple and effective way to reduce illnesses, but changing individual behavior can be challenging. Researchers examined the impact of peer pressure on handwashing behavior by varying...