The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
In our interview with Christopher Neilson (Princeton University), he describes his research interest in applications of technology to close information gaps to reduce poverty. “I think in the future, we will see artificial intelligence ‘personal assistants’ helping humans make better choices... I am hopeful that leveling the information playing field would make society more meritocratic and generate more social mobility.”
The new Gender sector represents J-PAL’s commitment to further expand the base of policy-relevant evidence to reduce poverty and gender inequality. Chaired by Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University), the Gender sector will examine a range of issues important to citizens, policymakers, and practitioners around the world.
At J-PAL, we often talk about the importance of using evidence to design and implement effective policies and programs, and many governments are working to make it a priority. But what does this look like in practice? How can we best support governments in finding and applying the evidence they need to make informed decisions?
Iqbal Dhaliwal is the new executive director of J-PAL, succeeding Rachel Glennerster, who has joined DFID as its chief economist. Earlier Iqbal was deputy executive director, and prior to that, founding director of J-PAL's policy group. Learn more about Iqbal's background and vision for J-PAL's future in our Q&A.
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- A Big Data Revolution in Assessing Climate Risk: Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing humanity. However, most of what we know about its economic impacts come from models that were developed before the modern empirical literature on climate impacts emerged. This literature has been made possible by recent advances in remote sensing, climate models, and computing power. Professor Michael Greenstone, will discuss his work with the Climate Impact Lab, a team of over 25 researchers who are combining climate science, econometrics, and big data analytics to quantify climate change risks. His talk will focus on the health and energy impacts of climate change and outline the Climate Impact Lab’s ongoing work. 5 days 4 hours ago.
- We're working with partners like Pratham Education Foundation, USAID - US Agency for International Development, & UNICEF to help governments across Africa and South Asia evaluate and scale up Teaching at the Right Level. What does TaRL look like in practice - and how do you know if it's right for your school? j-p.al/aneww7b604 6 days 3 hours ago.
- There's a lot of climate change data out there. How can we put it to use? Register now for "A Big Data Revolution in Assessing Climate Risk," this Thursday, 10/11 at 1pm ET with professor Michael Greenstone: https://j-p.al/datad40c07. 1 week 5 hours ago.
- Congratulations to J-PAL North America Scientific Director Amy Finkelstein for being named a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow! https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1010/. Check out Amy's RCT research at https://j-p.al/evalu9b02e. 1 week 5 days ago.
- Our newest online course, Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys, starts TODAY! Enroll for free and build your evaluation skills: https://www.edx.org/course/measuring-health-outcomes-in-field-surveys. Tag a friend or colleague who might be interested! 3 weeks 4 hours ago.