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March 2018 Research Newsletter

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - J-PAL

Catch up on research from J-PAL affiliates on the causal impacts of religiosity in the Philippines, the sustained impacts of cash transfers in Malawi, and more.

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Novel teaching method a non-starter in many schools

Friday, March 23, 2018 - The Hindu

Research by J-PAL affiliate Esther Duflo and Senior Research Manager Harini Kannan found that an education intervention in Tamil Nadu struggled due to implementation difficulties.


29 of 50 industries in MMR polluting Mumbai’s air

Friday, March 23, 2018 - Hindustan Times

J-PAL affiliate Michael Greenstone comments on his evaluation in Maharashtra of a program to provide public information on industries' pollution levels.

Group of people talking

Why Is It So Hard to Talk about Money?

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Scientific American

J-PAL affiliate Dina Pomeranz and coauthors found that peer groups helped Chilean micro-entrepreneurs save more.

Girls in school uniforms use computers

Young women hold the key to skilling India

Monday, March 19, 2018 - Hindustan Times

J-PAL South Asia Associate Director of Policy and Training Shagun Sabarwal discusses evidence-backed programs to help young girls overcome barriers to joining the workforce.

Rebecca Dizon-Ross

Video: To help students, start by informing parents

Friday, March 16, 2018 - Chicago Booth Review

J-PAL affiliate Rebecca Dizon-Ross discusses her research from Malawi on providing parents with information on their children’s academic performance.

Two college students work on homework

What to expect when a college assigns students to random roommates

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - The Conversation

J-PAL affiliate Bruce Sacerdote discusses his research on the impact of randomly matching college rommates on grades, career choices, and beliefs.

Man looks over paperwork

What India can learn from Pakistan’s scheme to incentivise its civil servants with better postings

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - The Print

A study by J-PAL affiliates on Pakistan’s civil servants showed that incentivizing officers with a posting of their own choice remarkably improved their performance.