BlogNews

News, ideas, and analysis from J-PAL staff and affiliated professors. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly email updates.

Moving from evidence to policy change

Thursday, November 8, 2018, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Benjamin Olken

Today we launch an expanded section of our website called Evidence to Policy, which explores how J-PAL affiliated researchers and staff, along with government and NGO partners, have drawn on evidence produced by randomized evaluations to inform policy changes around the world.

The new section includes 17 case studies from J-PAL’s broad body of experience learning how evidence can be applied. We think these examples are particularly illustrative of... Read More

Presentation at conference

Translating global evidence on violence prevention to the Mexican context

Friday, November 2, 2018, by Isabel Mejía Fontanot and Max Mendez-Beck

The Latin America region suffers disproportionately from criminal violence. According to the Igarapé Institute’s Homicide Monitor, 16 out of the 20 countries with the highest homicide rates worldwide are located in the region. This includes Mexico, which has one of the highest homicide counts in the world—recording over 30,000 murders in 2017.

While much of this violence has been attributed to the rise of organized crime... Read More

Preparing for 2018 elections in the "Year of the Woman": Lessons from India

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, by Mikaela Rabb

More women are running for local, state, and national office in the United States than ever before—and winning. Although women currently make up only around 20 percent of the US Congress, more than 500 women filed to run for Congressional positions in this year’s election, and 257 have advanced in primary elections. Come election day on November 6, a record-breaking number of women will be on... Read More

Participants at the Teaching at the Right Level conference in Johannesburg.

Bringing together an inspired and motivated community for our Teaching at the Right Level Conference

Friday, October 26, 2018, by Ashleigh Morrell and Kim Tichmann

“Finding people with a common vision has helped make this a movement around the world.”
– Usha Rane, Pratham

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), an education approach pioneered by education NGO Pratham, is designed to help ensure that all children learn the basics of reading and mathematics in primary school. The approach, developed and strengthened in India, is now taking root in Africa.

African organizations and governments inspired by the... Read More

Amy Finkelstein, 2018 MacArthur Fellowship award winner

Affiliate spotlight: An interview with Amy Finkelstein on how her recent MacArthur Fellow award opens up new possibilities in innovative research

Monday, October 22, 2018, by Amy Finkelstein and Bridget Wack

Amy Finkelstein is the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America. She was recently selected as a recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, "a no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more."

First of all, congratulations! This a great achievement—of course well

... Read More

A new website for Teaching at the Right Level

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, by Emily Cupito and Ashleigh Morrell

J-PAL Africa and Pratham, one of the largest NGOs in India, have launched a new Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) website in response to growing demand from governments, schools, and NGOs for details on TaRL methodology and implementation.

In recent years, education stakeholders have become increasingly aware of low foundational skill levels in primary schools and the lack of safety nets for the children who... Read More

Craig McIntosh, J-PAL affiliate

Affiliate Spotlight: Craig McIntosh on engines for economic mobility

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, by Hanna Juergens and Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh is a professor of economics in the international relations school at the University of California, San Diego and Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Agriculture sector. He has been a J-PAL affiliate since 2013.

How did you become interested in development economics?

I was a high school exchange student in Nakuru, Kenya for a year in the late eighties. Every one of my brothers, uncles, and cousins in my... Read More

Pages