Friday, October 17, 2008

More about J-PAL

I got a couple of emails asking for more info on the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Here is my response:
  • Check their site regularly. They always have the latest information up. Unfortunately there is no RSS feed. You have to go there yourself (or bombard them with requests for RSS, and maybe they will put something there).
  • I don't know if they blog. I've searched and haven't come up with anything yet. If you know more, definitely let me know.
  • Yes, you can work/collaborate with J-PAL. They have jobs listed on their site. There are other ways to get involved as well.
  • Finally, don't hesitate to email specific questions to them. They are all very passionate about their work and love to meet others who are the same. However keep in mind that they are all extremely busy; they all teach popular classes, in addition to research, writing, and travel. In my own experience, Rachel Glennerster has been extremely responsive on email, and very nice when I've called the Lab out-of-the-blue. Duflo takes some time to respond to your emails, but she does get back to you at some point. Banerjee, I've yet to hear from...though he has insisted (when I cornered him on the subject) that he responds to all his emails.
There is also a great interview that PRI (Public Radio International) did with Glennerster and Banerjee about J-PAL and its birth. You can listen to it or read it...as you want.

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