Pushing evidence-based policymaking for the poor
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, co-founders and co-directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Nobel Laureates in economics, author an article promoting evidence-based policy for poverty alleviation, the core mission of the now 20 year-old globally operating lab, and acknowledging the government, academic and non-government partners in India.
Abhijit and Esther write, 'These relationships reflect a small revolution in how economists do their research. The research is hands-on rather than hands-off, solving real problems but also learning better how the world works. The traditional dichotomy between the starry eyed researcher trapped in the ivory tower and the practically minded implementer who is too busy to reflect is crumbling. Good researchers know how to be practical and good policymakers know when they need to move beyond their comfort zone, and they relish the experience.'