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December 2017 Research Newsletter

Friday, December 29, 2017 - J-PAL

Catch up on the latest research from J-PAL affiliates, on topics from delivering food subsidies in Indonesia to increasing Norwegian students’ perseverance in math.

Using the Airbnb Model to Protect the Environment

Friday, December 29, 2017 - New York Times

J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran discusses novel solutions to conservation, including her research on paying farmers in Uganda to conserve trees on their land.

Man transports produce by boat

Want To Help Someone In A Poor Village? Give Them A Bus Ticket Out

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - NPR

NPR covers J-PAL affiliate Mushfiq Mobarak's research on providing low-cost loans to rural farmers Bangladesh to cover temporary migration to urban areas during times of famine.

Emergency room sign

The uninsured are overusing emergency rooms — and other health-care myths

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - The Washington Post

The Washington Post discusses the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, co-authored by J-PAL affiliates, which found that access to health insurance increased emergency room visits.

Women having a discussion

AUC Offers First Blended Degree in the Region, Pairs with MIT

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - The American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo announces that it will offer credit for online courses in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) micromasters, co-designed by MIT Economics and J-PAL.

Abhijit Banerjee

Using evidence for public policy gains traction in India

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Hindustan Times

J-PAL Director Abhijit Banerjee discusses J-PAL South Asia's work over the past decade on encouraging evidence-based policymaking in the region.

People look at donation flyer

Give one charity donation, get one free

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Financial Times

The Financial Times covers results from randomized evaluations measuring the effectiveness of various fundraising methods.

Man looks over resume during a job interview

Background-blind recruitment opens new opportunity for jobseekers

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - The Korea Times

In this opinion piece, Korea's Minister of Personnel Management cites research by J-PAL affiliates on hiring discrimination in the United States.