Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL is propelled by a first-rate team dedicated to research, policy, training, and other vital work, supporting J-PAL's mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.
J-PAL South Asia, which is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India, analyses and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and that programs proven effective are scaled up. We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The project is part of the suite of projects on Social Networks, set of projects working on developing new methodologies to infer social network structures, examining how groups of individuals in a social network form beliefs and aggregate information, and understanding barriers to information diffusion within a network. The projects work on thematic areas such as financial inclusion, labor markets, and affirmative action. The results from these projects can then be used by policymakers to design efficient and cost-effective information campaigns.
This project studies the role of affirmative action-type policies in shaping social structure in the context of Indian political reservations for historically disadvantaged caste groups in the state of Bihar, India.
The project aims to measure changes in beliefs, changes to the costs of cross-group interactions, as well as the net change to the village network structure due to affirmative action-type policies, and linking these to speed and extent of social learning.
Research Associate Roles and Responsibilities:
The RA will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
Desired Qualifications and Experience: