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.

Children do arithmetic in chalk on a stone floor in India


Roll Call: Getting Children Into School

Student participation is sensitive to the perceived costs and benefits of education. Although the costs are immediate and easy to observe, school quality and the long-run benefits of education are...

Students working at a Mindspark center in Delhi.


Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India

We study the impact of a personalized technology-aided after-school instruction program in middle-school grades in urban India using a lottery that provided winners free access to the program.

Teens in school uniforms work on assignment


Returns to Secondary Schooling in Ghana

In this ongoing study in Ghana, researchers are evaluating the effect of secondary school scholarships on enrollment and long-term employment and health outcomes. Preliminary results indicate that...

Sector Chairs

Sector Contacts

Radhika Bhula

Policy Manager
(617) 324-6562

Robert Rogers

Senior Policy Associate
(617) 258-0926

Priyanka Varma

Senior Policy Associate
(617) 253-7160

Masha Bertling

Masha Bertling

Pre-Doctoral Education Measurement Fellow