Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

About Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We leverage research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.

We do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity. Our work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility.


Policy and Communications Intern

June 2021 - September 2021 Cambridge, MA
“I liked that I was able to take on such a wide variety of tasks as well as work with so many different initiatives and managers. It contributed to my understanding of research and development work as a whole. ”

Summer Research Intern

June 2017 - August 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia
“The environment is very collaborative, the tasks varied such that we could experience different aspects of policy research. ”
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