J-PAL North America’s Work of the Future Initiative

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About - RFP - Innovation Competition - Projects - MIT Work of the Future Task Force

The J-PAL North America Work of the Future Initiative supports randomized evaluations of strategies and innovations that address the changing nature of work in North America.

Organizations interested in evaluating the impact of their program are invited to submit letters of interest through our Innovation Competition. Affiliated researchers can submit proposals for funding to conduct a randomized evaluation during our RFP cycles

Want to know more about our Initiative? Check out the research agenda authored by Co-Chairs David Autor (MIT) and Matthew Notowidigdo (Northwestern), and Anran Li (Northwestern). 

Want to stay updated on our work? Subscribe to our mailing listBy subscribing to our mailing list you will receive updates on study results, research partnerships, competition announcements, and other news related to innovation and evidence within the labor market. We also encourage you to sign up for the J-PAL North America monthly newsletter, which will provide updates on research results and policy insights across all J-PAL North America initiatives.  

Check out selected video clips from the launch of our Work of the Future Initiative at MIT this April. See recordings from the entire event here.

J-PAL North America Executive Director Mary Ann Bates gives opening remarks on why J-PAL North America decided to launch this initiative, and why the work of the future is a critical issue for organizations focused on reducing poverty. 

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice & Caring Across Generations; Lawrence Katz, J-PAL North America Co-Scientific Director; and Abigail Wozniak, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, participate in a lively discussion on how to make the future of work equitable and just for all workers.  

A panel of academic researchers and nonprofit implementing partners discuss the merits of researcher-practitioner parnterships. Alexander Bartik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Bryan Stuart (George Washington University) discuss their ongoing research partnership with Ben Damerow and Michigan Works! Southwest, a nonprofit that provides job search assistance services to workers, among other activities. Sara Heller (University of Michigan) and Evelyn Diaz (President of the Heartland Institute) discuss their partnership to evaluate the impact of the City of Chicago's summer jobs program. 

This research initiative was launched with support from Arnold Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Gerri and Rich Wong Family.