Labs and Centers

Through a number of affiliated labs and centers, MIT Economics faculty are shaping approaches to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

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

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Founded in 2003, J-Pal has transformed how the world approaches the challenges of global poverty, empowering legislators and decision-makers to develop informed and effective policies using valuable scientific evidence.

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J-PAL North America

J-PAL North America conducts randomized evaluations that span a wide range of sectors — health care, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility — using the information gained to build partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking and effective social programing.

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Blueprint Labs

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Blueprint Labs uses data and economics to uncover the consequences of policy decisions and study pressing challenges in education, health care, and the workforce.

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Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

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Sponsored in partnership with the Sloan School and the MIT Energy Initiative, CEEPR provides evidence-based research to government and private sector decision-makers, helping inform policy on issues related to energy supply, energy demand, and the environment.

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