Gender norms and biases continue to constrain human potential around the world. J-PAL’s Gender sector produces cross-cutting insights on promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, and on how norms related to gender affect the outcomes of social programs.

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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 and condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries. See all evaluations in the Gender sector.

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Launching a practical guide to measuring women's and girls’ empowerment

As part of the formative research that my research team and I (Rachel) conducted for a randomized evaluation on adolescent girls’ empowerment in Bangladesh, we interviewed young women about their...


We Can’t Measure Women’s Empowerment the Same Way Everywhere—But Should We Try?

Pamela Jakiela, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, reflects on J-PAL’s Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Impact Evaluations.

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Teaching Girls Negotiation Skills in Zambia

In Zambia, researchers examined the impact of teaching negotiation skills to schoolgirls on their health and education outcomes.



What does women’s labor force participation really tell us about women’s empowerment?

Women continue to participate in the labor market—or as non-economists would put it, “work”—at different rates than men.

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The Impact of a School-Based Gender Attitude Change Program in India

A series of interactive classroom discussions about gender equality over two and a half years increased students’ support for gender equality and led students to enact more gender-equitable behavior...


Is it time to rethink how we measure women’s household decision-making power in impact evaluations?

One of the first rules of thumb you learn about developing survey questions is that they should be specific and time-bound. In other words, it’s better if a question is about a specific event or...

Sector Chairs

Sector Contacts

Claire Walsh

Senior Policy Manager
(617) 324-4076

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Lucia Diaz-Martin

Senior Policy Associate
(617) 324-6547

Mikaela Rabb

Policy Associate
(617) 258-6021

Akshara Gopalan

Policy Associate
(617) 253-0670