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Data anlaysis

Pre-results review at the Journal of Development Economics: Taking transparency in the discipline to the next level

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, by Aleksandar Bogdanoski and Keesler Welch

Earlier this year, the Journal of Development Economics (JDE), with support from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), began the pilot of a “pre-results review” track for academic authors who submit their work to the journal for peer review and publication.

Pre-results review means that the study is reviewed before there are any empirical results. In Stage 1, authors submit a proposal that... Read More

Woman teaching students in Africa

Applying the generalizability framework: Adopting Teaching at the Right Level in Zambia

Friday, August 31, 2018, by Emily Cupito and Ashleigh Morrell

How can governments learn from evidence generated from randomized evaluations?

Over the last three years, J-PAL Africa has supported the Zambian Ministry of General Education to pilot and scale up the Catch Up Program, with the help of Pratham, Innovations for Poverty Action, UNICEF Zambia, VVOB – education for development, the USAID Zambia Mission, and USAID Development Innovation Ventures. Catch... Read More

Youth paint fences in Sao Paulo

How to keep youth away from crime?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, by Claudio Ferraz

This post was first published as an op-ed in Nexo Jornal and has been translated from the original Portuguese.

Quantitative studies conducted in the U.S. and Brazil show investments in education and job opportunity creation can act as methods for decreasing violence.

In 2017, Brazil witnessed the highest number of violent deaths in the world—approximately 60,000 people were killed. More people have died violently in Brazil in... Read More

Meet our newest J-PAL affiliates

Friday, August 3, 2018, by J-PAL

Seven researchers recently joined J-PAL's academic network: Sule Alan at the University of Essex, Sarah Cohodes at Columbia University, Marcel Fafchamps at Stanford University, Billy Jack at Georgetown University, Kirabo Jackson at Northwestern Univesity, Christopher Knittel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Christopher Woodruff at Oxford University.

Their varied research interests span numerous topics, including: enterprise growth in low-income countries, household financial decision-making, parents' and students' education choices, teacher labor markets, entrepreneurship, digital financial inclusion, and energy efficiency investments. Read More

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Applying lessons from the MicroMasters—together—in Botswana

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, by Hannah Blair and Efua Bortsie

This is a guest post from Hannah Blair and Efua Bortsie at Young 1ove, a youth-focused NGO that scales evidence-based programming in health and education in Botswana.

Young 1ove was born out of evidence.

Our first program, “No Sugar,” was inspired by a 1-hour class that a randomized trial by a J-PAL affiliate showed could significantly reduce teenage pregnancy—also a proxy for unprotected... Read More

Low-income Americans are missing out on the public benefits they're eligible for. Simple interventions can help.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, by Matthew Notowidigdo

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—often referred to as food stamps—is one of the largest social safety net programs in the United States. But every year thousands of households eligible for SNAP benefits do not enroll, missing out on food assistance that could be critical. Enrollment among adults over the age of 60 is particularly low; in 2012, nearly half of older adults who qualified to receive SNAP benefits did... Read More

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We need evidence-based public policies in Brazil

Monday, July 16, 2018, by Claudio Ferraz

This post was first published as an op-ed in Nexo Jornal and has been translated from the original Portuguese.

The main challenge when it comes to public policy is knowing what works and why. Brazilian policy debate too often is built on belief-based arguments and ideology and relies little on data or rigorous evidence.

The adoption of policies based on empirical evidence is growing worldwide. Unfortunately, Brazil still... Read More

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