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The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 143 affiliated professors from 49 universities. Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through research, policy outreach, and training across six regional offices worldwide.
The Poverty Action Lab is founded at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Sendhil Mullainathan. The objective of the center is to support the use of randomized evaluations, to train others in rigorous scientific evaluation methods, and to encourage policy changes based on results of randomized evaluations. That same year, the lab begins a close partnership with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a nonprofit founded by J-PAL affiliate Dean Karlan.
Since then, we have grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.