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Better Governing Through Science

Friday, February 16, 2018 - MIT Spectrum

J-PAL's Government Partnership Initiative helps governments evaluate policies, scale up successful ones, and build an internal culture of evidence-informed decision making.

Lessons from GST for eliminating the Rs1 trillion lying around as float

Friday, February 16, 2018 - LiveMint

Research by J-PAL affiliates found that improvements to the method for transferring public benefits in India reduced program expenditure by 24%.

Farmer in rice paddy

Water harvest: Punjab’s experiment with DBT for power to the farm sector could pay off for groundwater in the state

Friday, February 16, 2018 - Financial Express

J-PAL affiliated researchers will estimate the impact of direct benefit transfers on farmers' power use in Punjab.

Farmer with oxen

Sustainable Agriculture: Punjab has a new plan to move farmers away from water-guzzling paddy

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - The Indian Express

J-PAL affiliates will evaluate the impact of a program by the Punjab government that incentivises efficient tubewell power use and checks groundwater depletion.

Why it's so hard to simplify the tax code

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Chicago Booth Review

A discussion of the US tax code cites evidence by J-PAL affiliate Day Manoli which found that mailing a notice with a simplified worksheet significantly boosted take-up of the Earned Income Tax...

Farmer in rice paddy

Punjab: Free with strings attached

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - India Today

J-PAL South Asia and affiliated researchers will evaluate the impact of replacing subsidized power for farmers with a direct benefit transfer system.

A nurse looks over a child's immunization records at a health clinic in Harayana, India in a government partnership supported by J-PAL.

February 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - J-PAL

How does J-PAL support governments in using evidence to drive innovation and increase effectiveness? Find out how and read more stories in our newsletter.

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Photo essay: Using evidence to uplift India’s extreme poor

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - IDR Online

Bandhan-Konnagar's multifaceted Graduation Program has been evaluated by J-PAL affiliates and found to be effective at providing pathways for the poorest to graduate out of extreme poverty.

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