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Scientific evidence on which programs actually work to improve education and health can change lives around the world. But how can we know whether a program that worked in one place will work in another? When we focus less on place and more on people’s behavior, we can learn lessons about how to fight poverty from India and Kenya to Chicago and Boston. This is how.

Mary Ann Bates is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) for North America at MIT. J-PAL North America seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers and policy experts to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.


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Mary Ann Bates

Mary Ann Bates

Mary Ann Bates is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) for North America at MIT. J-PAL North America seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers and policy experts to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.