Sectors

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Sectors

Led by Chairs who are affiliated professors, J-PAL sectors provide guidance to our research, policy, and training activities. They manage initiatives that fund research, create publications that summarize lessons from randomized evaluations, and host policy and training outreach events.

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Lesson

Protecting Farmers from Weather-Based Risk

Weather index insurance protects farmers against losses from extreme weather and facilitates investment in their farms, but randomized evaluations have shown low demand for these products at market...

Lesson

Reducing Crime with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy helped young urban men in Liberia and the United States become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when...

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News

More jobs, less crime

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.

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News

Exploring the promise of education technology

The rapid growth in use of edtech has outpaced rigorous research on its effectiveness. To help understand how different technologies affect student learning, a new review paper examines evidence...

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Lesson

Improving Student Participation

The results of randomized evaluations reveal the most cost-effective approaches to improving student attendance.

Evaluation

The Role of the VAT for Tax Enforcement

The Value Added Tax (VAT) system, which generates a paper trail on transactions between firms, facilitated tax enforcement by spreading the impact of enforcement measures up the production chain in a...

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Evaluation

Contraceptive Adoption, Fertility, and the Family in Zambia

Women who received private access to vouchers for contraceptives were more likely to take up and use contraception, compared to women whose husbands were involved in the voucher program. In contexts...

Evaluation

Counseling the Unemployed in France (OPP/CVE)

An intensive counseling program for job seekers at risk of long-term unemployment in France helped them find work sooner than the standard low-intensity counseling program, and the counseling was...