Changing Lives through Better Policy


Source : poverty action lab
Changing Lives through Better Policy

J-PAL’s goal is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. Every day, evidence generated by J-PAL researchers is influencing policy and improving lives, sometimes very directly–for example through the scale-up of effective programs–but also in less direct but equally important ways. To date, our evidence has helped improve the lives of at least 30 million people around the world through the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs. By 2013, J-PAL aims to have positively impacted 100 million lives.
Fighting Poverty: What Works?

Issue 1: Education: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals

Issue 2: Absenteeism: Showing Up is the First Step

Policy Briefcase

Briefcase 6: Solving Absenteeism, Raising Test Scores

Briefcase 5: Controlling Corruption: Auditing versus Community Participation

Briefcase 4: Mass Deworming: A Best-Buy for Education and Health

Briefcase 3: Cheap and Effective Ways to Change Adolescents’ Sexual Behavior

Briefcase 2: Education for Marginalized Children

Briefcase 1: Women’s Public Policy

e-Updates

J-PAL News Update No. 6 – September 2009

J-PAL News Update No. 5 – December 2008

J-PAL News Update No. 4 – June 2008

J-PAL News Update No. 3 – December 2007

J-PAL News Update No. 2 – July 2007

J-PAL News Update No. 1 – April 2007

Working Papers

(Updated) Pitfalls of Participatory Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India

Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Stuti Khemani.
August, 2009

Expanding Microenterprise Credit Access: Using Randomized Supply Decisions to Estimate the Impacts in Manila

Dean Karlan.
July, 2009

Understanding Technology Adoption: Fertilizer in Western Kenya

Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, Jonathan Robinson.
June, 2009

Do Social Interactions Facilitate Cooperative Behavior? Evidence from a Group Lending Experiment in India

Benjamin Feigenberg, Erica Field, Rohini Pande.
June, 2009

Sample attrition bias in randomized experiments: A tale of two surveys

Luc Behaghel, Bruno Crepon, Marc Gurgand, Thomas Le Barbanchon.
May, 2009

Preliminary evidence from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab randomized evaluation of Spandana microlending

Abhijit Banerjee, Rachel Glennerster, Cynthia Kinnan.
May, 2009

The miracle of microfinance? Evidence from a randomized evaluation

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Cynthia Kinnan.
May, 2009

Spousal Control and Intra-Household Decision Making: An Experimental Study in the Philippines

Nava Ashraf.
May, 2009

Rajasthan Police Performance and Perception Intervention

Abhijit Banerjee, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Daniel Keniston.
May, 2009

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions

Dean Karlan, Martin Valdivia (GRADE-Peru).
May, 2009

Peer Monitoring and Enforcement: Long Term Evidence from Microcredit

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May, 2009

What Matters (and What Does Not) in Households’ Decision to Invest in Malaria Prevention

Pascaline Dupas.
May, 2009

Group versus Individual Liability: Long Term Evidence fromPhilippine Microcredit Lending Groups

Xavier Gine (World Bank), Dean Karlan.
May, 2009

Barriers to Household Risk Management: Evidence from India

Shawn Cole.
April, 2009

What’s Advertising Content Worth? Evidence from a Consumer Credit Marketing Experiment

Marianne Bertrand, Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, Jonathan Zinman.
March, 2009

Free Distribution or Cost-Sharing? Evidence from a Malaria Prevention Experiment in Kenya

Jessica Cohen, Pascaline Dupas.
March, 2009

Do Teenagers Respond to HIV Risk Information? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya

Pascaline Dupas.
January, 2009

Savings Constraints and Microenterprise Development: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya

Pascaline Dupas, Jonathan Robinson.
January, 2009

Observing Unobservables: Identifying Information Asymmetries with a Consumer Credit Field Experiment

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman.
December, 2008

Peer Effects and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya

Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer.
November, 2008

Remittances and the Problem of Control: A Field Experiment Among Migrants from El Salvador

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November, 2008

Power to the People: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment of a Community-Based Monitoring Project in Uganda

Martina Bjorkman, Jakob Svensson.
October, 2008

Expanding Credit Access: Using Randomized Supply Decisions to Estimate the Impacts

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman.
October, 2008

Water Technologies

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel.
October, 2008

Pitfalls of Participatory Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India

Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Stuti Khemani.
September, 2008

The Experimental Approach to Economics

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo.
September, 2008

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions

Dean Karlan.
September, 2008

Can Higher Prices Stimulate Product Use? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Zambia

Nava Ashraf, James Berry, Jesse M. Shapiro.
August, 2008

Put Your Money Where Your Butt Is: A Commitment Contract for Smoking Cessation

Dean Karlan.
August, 2008

Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Prejudice?

Lori Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, Petia Topalova.
June, 2008

Evaluation d’impact de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi par les Opérateurs Privés de Placement et le programme Cap Vers l’Entreprise (Rapport Intermédiaire)

Luc Behaghel, Bruno Crepon, Julien Guitard, Marc Gurgand.
June, 2008

Segregation, Rent Control, and Riots: The Economics of Religious Conflict in an Indian City

Erica Field, Rohini Pande.
June, 2008

Improving Management in Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Madagascar

Trang Van Nguyen.
June, 2008

Repayment Frequency and Default in Microfinance

Erica Field, Rohini Pande.
May, 2008

What’s Advertising Content Worth? Evidence from a Consumer Credit Marketing Field Experiment

Dean Karlan.
May, 2008

Adaptive Experimental Design using the Propensity Score

Dean Karlan.
April, 2008

Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam’s Global Gathering

David Clingingsmith, Asim Khwaja, Michael Kremer.
April, 2008

Does The Media Matter? A Field Experiment Measuring the Effect of Newspapers on Voting Behavior and Political Opinions

Daniel Bergan, Alan Gerber, Dean Karlan.
March, 2008

Are Educational Vouchers Only Redistributive?

Eric Bettinger, Michael Kremer, Juan Saavedra.
March, 2008

Female Empowerment: Impact of a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan, Wesley Yin.
March, 2008

Affirmative Action Education: Evidence from Engineering College Admissions in India

Marianne Bertrand, Rema Hanna, Sendhil Mullainathan.
March, 2008

Conditional Cash Transfers in Education: Design Features, Peer and Sibling Effects. Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia

Marianne Bertrand, Leigh Linden.
March, 2008

Indoor Air Pollution, Health and Economic well-being

Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna.
February, 2008

Monitoring Works: Getting Teachers to Come to School

Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna, Stephen Ryan.
February, 2008

Incentives to Learn

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel, Rebecca Thornton.
January, 2008

Growing Export Oriented Crops in Kenya: An Evaluation of DrumNet Services

Nava Ashraf, Xavier Gine (World Bank), Dean Karlan.
January, 2008

Indoor air pollution, health and economic well-being (Institut Veolia Environement)

Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna.
January, 2008

Finding Missing Markets (and a disturbing epilogue): Evidence from an Export Crop Adoption and Marketing Intervention in Kenya

Nava Ashraf, Xavier Gine (World Bank), Dean Karlan.
January, 2008

Finding Missing Markets (and a disturbing epilogue): Evidence from an Export Crop Adoption and Marketing Intervention in Kenya

Dean Karlan.
January, 2008

Expanding Credit Access: Using Randomized Supply Decisions to Estimate the Impacts

Dean Karlan.
January, 2008

Do Judges Vary in Their Treatment of Race?

David Abrams, Marianne Bertrand.
January, 2008

Challenging Under-Served Children to Achieve Academic Excellence

Leigh Linden.
December, 2007

An Impact Evaluation of the Provision of Health Insurance Through Microfinance Networks in Rural India

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo.
December, 2007

Cooking Stoves, Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health

Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna.
December, 2007

Targeting Efficiency: How well can we identify the poor?

Abhijit Banerjee.
December, 2007

Monitoring Works: Getting Teachers to Come to School

Rema Hanna, Stephen Ryan.
November, 2007

The Demand for and Impact of Learning HIV Status

Rebecca Thornton.
October, 2007

Gender, Intrahousehold Decisionmaking, and the Demand for Children

Nava Ashraf, Erica Field, Jean Lee.
August, 2007

Remedying Education: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments in India

Abhijit Banerjee, Shawn Cole, Esther Duflo, Leigh Linden.
August, 2007

Parochial Politics: Ethnic Preferences and Political Corruption

Rohini Pande.
July, 2007

Credit Elasticities in Less-Developed Economies: Implications for Microfinance

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman.
July, 2007

Credit Elasticities in Less-Developed Economies: Implications for Microfinance

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman.
July, 2007

Many Children Left Behind? Textbooks and Test Scores in Kenya

Paul Glewwe, Michael Kremer, Sylvie Moulin.
July, 2007

Can Information Campaigns Raise Awareness and Local Participation in Primary Education?

Abhijit Banerjee.
April, 2007

Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia

Ben Olken.
April, 2007

Microentrepreneurs and Their Money: Three Anomalies

Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan.
March, 2007

Political Institutions and Local Public Goods: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia

Ben Olken.
February, 2007

Social Connections and Group Banking

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February, 2007

Does Price Matter in Charitable Giving? Evidence from a Large-Scale Natural Field Experiement

Dean Karlan, John List.
January, 2007

Empathy or Antipathy? The Impact of Diversity

Johanne Boisjoly, Greg Duncan, Jacque Eccles, Michael Kremer, Dan Levy.
January, 2007

Can Higher Prices Stimulate Product Use? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Zambia

Nava Ashraf, James Berry, Jesse M. Shapiro.
January, 2007

Teacher Incentives in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from India

Karthik Muralidharan.
November, 2006

Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention: Evidence from a randomized evaluation in Western Kenya

Samuel Sinei.
October, 2006

Household Decision Making and Savings Impacts: Further Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan, Wesley Yin.
June, 2006

Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan, Wesley Yin.
May, 2006

Deposit Collectors

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan, Wesley Yin.
January, 2006

Addressing Absence

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo.
January, 2006

The Illusion of Sustainability

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel.
December, 2005

Measuring Trust in Peruvian Shantytowns

Dean Karlan, Markus Mobius, Tanya Rosenblat.
September, 2005

Peer Effects and Alcohol Use Among College Students

Michael Kremer, Dan Levy.
June, 2005

Saving Incentives for Low and Middle Income Families: Evidence from a Field Experiment with H & R Block

Esther Duflo, William Gale, Jeffrey Liebman, Peter Orszag, Emmanuel Saez.
May, 2005

Why Political Reservations?

Esther Duflo.
May, 2005

Long-Term Consequences of Secondary School Vouchers: Evidence from Administrative Records in Colombia

Joshua Angrist, Eric Bettinger, Michael Kremer.
April, 2005

Efficiency and rent seeking in local government: Evidence from randomized policy experiments in India

Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Greg Fischer.
February, 2005

School Meals, Educational Achievement and School Competition: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation

Michael Kremer, Christel Vermeersch.
November, 2004

Unappreciated Service: Performance, Perceptions, and Women Leaders in India

Esther Duflo, Petia Topalova.
October, 2004

Women as Policy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India

Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo.
September, 2004

Retrospective vs. prospective analyses of school inputs: the case of flip charts in Kenya

Paul Glewwe, Michael Kremer, Sylvie Moulin, Eric Zitzewitz.
June, 2004

Wealth, health, and health services in rural Rajasthan

Abhijit Banerjee, Angus Deaton, Esther Duflo.
May, 2004

Why Political Reservations?

Esther Duflo.
April, 2004

Iron Deficiency Anemia and School Participation

Gustavo Bobonis, Edward Miguel, Charu Sharma.
March, 2004

Health Care Delivery in Rural Rajasthan

Abhijit Banerjee, Angus Deaton, Esther Duflo.
February, 2004

The Rockefeller Effect

Mary Kay Gugerty, Michael Kremer.
January, 2004

The Impact of Reservation in the Panchayati Raj: Evidence from a Nationwide Randomized Experiment

Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo.
November, 2003

The Impact of Reservation in the Panchayati Raj: Evidence from a Nationwide Randomized Experiment

Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo.
November, 2003

Computer-Assisted Learning: Evidence from A Randomized Experiment

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Leigh Linden.
October, 2003

Networks, Social Learning, and Technology Adoption: The Case of Deworming Drugs in Kenya

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel.
October, 2003

Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?

Marianne Bertrand, Sendhil Mullainathan.
May, 2003

Teacher Incentives

Paul Glewwe, Nauman Ilias, Michael Kremer.
May, 2003

The Role of Information and Social Interactions in Retirement Plan Decisions: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

Esther Duflo, Emmanuel Saez.
January, 2003

Decentralization: A Cautionary Tale

Michael Kremer, Sylvie Moulin, Robert Namunyu.
January, 2003

Vouchers for Private Schooling in Colombia: Evidence from a Randomized Natural Experiment

Joshua Angrist, Eric Bettinger, Erik Bloom, Elizabeth King, Michael Kremer.
December, 2002

Worms: Identifying Impacts on Health and Education in the Presence of Treatment Externalities

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel.
September, 2001

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