The Poverty Lab: MIT Economists Pursue New Way to Study the Problem

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2003 Three MIT economists—Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Sendhil Mullainathan—establish the Poverty Action Lab, which helps pioneer the use of randomized trials to study poverty.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, or J-PAL, a research institution based in Cambridge, MA, has changed the way economists approach development issues. One of the most revealing experiments conducted by Esther Duflo and her colleagues looked at ways to increase child-immunization rates in India. Duflo described the study in an interview in New Delhi in November.

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