J-PAL’s Education sector seeks to improve access to and delivery of high-quality schooling at the primary and post-primary levels through research on issues like pedagogy, teacher training, incentives (for children, for teachers, for families), school governance, early childhood development, and information and communications technology.

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research through the Post-Primary Education Initiative. See all evaluations in the Education sector.


Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence

In this review, J-PAL affiliates Abhijit Banerjee and Paul Glewwe along with Shawn Powers and Melanie Wasserman synthesize the evidence to date on post-primary education and identify policies that...


Claudia Martínez

Claudia is Assistant Professor of the Institute of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research focuses on distribution of power inside households, migration, education and...

Classroom, India


Remedial education

Programs that reorient classroom instruction to focus on the learning level of the child are reaching over 47 million children in India.

Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme rolls out in Kwale province, Kenya.


School-based deworming

School-based deworming programs scaled up by Evidence Action, local implementing partners, and other related organizations reached over 190 million children in the 2015-16 school year in India, Kenya...

Teacher with students


The Effect of Charter School Best Practices in Public Schools in the United States

This study examined whether the combination of five charter school best practices could improve student achievement within traditional public schools in Texas. Results suggest that implementing...


Informing Future Choices

In Chile, showing eighth grade students a video about financial aid for higher education resulted in increased school attendance and increased enrollment in college-preparatory schools, but not in...

Sector Chairs

Sector Contacts

John Floretta

Director of Policy and Communications
(617) 324-5084

Radhika Bhula

Senior Policy Associate
(617) 324-6562

Meagan Neal

Policy Associate
(617) 715-5129

Robert Rogers

Policy Associate
(617) 258-0926