Jameel Poverty Action Lab launches regional office for North America


Extending the impact of J-PAL 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has launched its newest regional office, J-PAL North America. Established in 2013, and based in the MIT Department of Economics, J-PAL North America aims to improve the effectiveness of social programs in the United States and Canada in a range of areas, including education, environment and energy, consumer finance, crime, health, labor markets, and political participation.

Research, policy outreach, capacity building

The program is structured around J-PAL's three core activities: research, policy outreach, and capacity building. Researchers will conduct randomized evaluations on critical social policy questions, and subsequently communicate the evidence from their evaluations to key decision makers in the region. J-PAL researchers will also provide training on how to conduct rigorous evaluations.

Led by Amy Finkelstein and Lawrence Katz

J-PAL North America works in collaboration with the J-PAL Global office, also headquartered at MIT. Amy Finkelstein, MIT Professor of Economics, and Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard University, serve as J-PAL North America's Scientific Directors.  J-PAL North America is launching with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  

Suggested Links

J-PAL North America

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

MIT Department of Economics

Amy Finkelstein webpage