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J-PAL Europe - The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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J-PAL Europe is one of the six regional offices of J-PAL (MIT), a research center specialized in the evaluation of social policy and programs aimed at reducing poverty.
J-PAL Europe’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of social policy by supporting researchers working on randomized evaluations, disseminating their results and organizing capacity-building workshops combining the theory and practice of randomized evaluations.


Established in May 2007, and hosted by the Paris School of Economics, J-PAL Europe manages J-PAL activities in Europe, as well as northern and francophone Africa. In 2014, J-PAL affiliated professors have conducted over 35 evaluations in seven European countries, out of which 21 have been in France.
J-PAL works in close collaboration with policymakers in governments, foundations, NGOs and international organizations to disseminate the main conclusions and policy implications of J-PAL’s research and to encourage them to use rigorous evidence to design their programs.
The Policy Team prepares synthetic documents describing all the finalized and ongoing evaluations, the main policy lessons and cost- effectiveness analysis comparing the costs and policy outcomes of several social programs. These documents are written in a simple and concise style in three different languages (English, French and Spanish) and are all regularly updated on J-PAL website.


Besides research and policy outreach, capacity building constitutes one of the main activities of J-PAL Europe. Every year, J-PAL Europe organizes executive trainings on evaluating social programs. This course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world. This course provides a theoretical background to impact evaluations, as well as the practical aspects surrounding their design and implementation. Specific training sessions are also developed for trained economists wanting to broaden their knowledge about randomized evaluations.
For more information on the executive education courses please go to: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/course


On-going fundings (PSE researchers)

Evaluation de La Bonne Boite
Starting in: August 2019 – Ending in: August 2023
Holder: Luc Behaghel (PSE / INRAE)
Funding: Pôle Emploi
Evaluation of La Bonne Boite, a digital tool that aims to help jobseekers in their search for work by encouraging them to make unsolicited applications.

Medico-economic evaluation of therapeutic education by a Community Interactive Platform – Dialysis and kidney transplantation
Starting in : June 2016 – Ending in : December 2022
Holder : Lise Rochaix (PSE / Univ. Paris 1 / Hospinnomics)
Funding : Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP)
Medico-economic evaluation project (PRME) of an online therapeutic education platform for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), dialysis patients and transplant patients.

Initiative pour l’inclusion sociale en Europe
Starting in : December 2016 – Ending in : March 2021
Holders : Luc Behaghel (PSE / INRAE), Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Fundings : MIT, Moneta, Porticus Foundation
The J-PAL conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty and exclusion.

“Parler Bambin”
Starting in: September 2017 – Ending in: December 2020
Holder: Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Fundings: Caisse Nationale d’allocations familiales, ARS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Fondation Pierre Bellon, Université de Californie-Santa Barbara, Université de Bergen, La France s’engage, ANR
Evaluating the efficiency of two strategies to stimulate disavantaged children’s language development in France.

Senegal: measuring the effect of technological improvements and compliance nudges on property taxes
Starting in: July 2017 – Ending in: May 2020
Holder: Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Funding: OPM (Oxford Policy Management)
Evaluation of JPAL Europe to improve the collection of land contributions in Senegal.

ACTive citizenship projects to enhance pupil’s social and civic competences – ACT
Starting in: February 2017 – Ending in: May 2020
Holder: Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Funding: Commission européenne (ERASMUS+)
The project is driven by the innovative implementation of “Active Citizenship projects” in secondary schools to enhance the civic skills and competences of pupils.

Bringing Property Into the Tax Net
Starting in: June 2019 – Ending in: March 2020
Holder: Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Funding: Institute of Development Studies – IDS
Improving the property tax management system in Senegal.

Bringing property owners into the tax net: avenues of fiscal capacity and local accountability. Experimental evidence from Dakar, Senegal
Starting in: February 2019 – Ending in: June 2019
Holder: Marc Gurgand (PSE / CNRS)
Funding: LSE – IGC
Integrating homeowners into the tax system: paths to fiscal sustainability and local accounting. Experimental demonstration with Dakar.