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 have proven effective are scaled up. We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Agricultural practices that increase farmers’ productivity sometimes have negative environmental consequences. One example is the rise in crop residue burning after mechanized harvesting was adopted in many parts of India, particularly Punjab. Respiratory problems among children are one major cost of this practice. In association with the Government of Punjab, this study will assess the effectiveness of cash transfers to farmers that are conditional on not using stubble burning to clear paddy fields and the effects on this for child health. The study is currently being rolled out in the districts of Bathinda and Faridkot in Punjab.
Roles and responsibilities:
The Research Support Assistant will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
Skills and experiences: