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August 2017 Research Newsletter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - J-PAL

Read new working papers from J-PAL affiliates on grain storage in Kenya, cash versus in-kind transfers in Mexico, and more.

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No Diploma Without a Plan for the Future? Why Chicago’s New Graduation Requirement Might Work

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - The 74 Million

In response to Chicago's new policy requiring public school students to have a post-graduation plan in order to receive a diploma, J-PAL Education sector chair Philip Oreopoulos discusses evidence...

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Who benefits most from school access policies? A gender breakdown of results from randomized evaluations

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - J-PAL

The majority of out of school children are girls, and much of the rhetoric about improving access to education focuses on girls. Yet many of the policies designed to improve primary school access do...

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August 2017 Newsletter

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - J-PAL

Dive into J-PAL affiliates' research in education in this issue of the newsletter. Read up on the research on school enrollment and attendance, and more.

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4 common barriers to girls’ schooling—and how to overcome them

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - ONE

J-PAL Executive Director Rachel Glennerster discusses how distance, cost, health, and misperceptions pose a barrier to girls' education.

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Zambia to scale Teaching at the Right Level program to 1,800 schools

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - J-PAL

Building on over a decade of rigorous research around the world and two years of iterative learning in Zambia, the Ministry of General Education will scale up a program called Catch Up to...

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The UBI Debate: What We Know – and Don’t Know – About Universal Basic Income

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - NextBillion

J-PAL Senior Policy Manager Alison Fahey summarizes evidence from randomized evaluations on cash transfers that can help inform the debate on universal basic income.

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More jobs, less crime

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - J-PAL

A growing body of evidence, including a number of evaluations by several J-PAL affiliates, shows that summer employment programs can lower violent crime rates among youth.