The Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a center within the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose aim is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. Partnering with governments, private companies, and nongovernmental organizations, J-PAL researchers answer key policy questions using scientific methods. Below are links to some of their policy briefs, which concern children and poverty.

Learn more by visiting their website

Fighting Poverty: What Works?

Meeting the Millennium Development Goals
Absenteeism: Showing up is the first step

Policy Papers

Women’s Public Policy
Education for Marginalized Children
Cheap and Effective Ways to Change Adolescents’ Sexual Behavior 
Mass Deworming: A Best Buy for Education and Health
Controlling Corruption: Auditing Versus Community Participation
Solving Absenteeism, Raising Test Scores

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