Organization: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Apply By: 31 Mar 2019
Location: New Delhi(Delhi)
About the Organization:
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 171 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.
Time Period of internship: March – May
The performance of primary schools in developing countries is weak, especially for the poor. This can be partly attributed to initial differences, which are later magnified by the school system (Banerjee & Duflo, 2011). The massive expansion in school attendance in developing countries has not been matched by increases in school achievement for the poor. In India, 75% of children in grade five cannot perform simple arithmetic and 53% cannot read a grade-two level paragraph (ASER: Pratham, 2013). Because poor children have especially weak preparation for school but strong non-symbolic numerical and geometrical abilities (Spelke, 2011), preschool is a promising time to intervene, with little established curricula. Yet, there is little evidence on effective school-readiness curricula for poor children. Given this knowledge, the project aims to find solutions to harness children’s innate capacities at the foundations of mathematics to give young children the skills and confidence to succeed in school.
The Principal Investigators on the project are Esther Duflo (Department of Economics, MIT) and Elizabeth Spelke (Department of Psychology, Harvard).
The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand data management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The Intern will join a team of world class researchers from leading universities in the world and to assist in implementing Randomized Control Trials
- Assisting the Research Associates with data cleaning and preliminary Process Monitoring data analysis, if required
- Digitizing survey questionnaires, running pilot exercise and refining survey instruments
- Managing Back checks for the project’s Endline exercise, including sampling and reconciliation of the data
- Any other task as assigned by the Research Associate or Research Manager
Qualifications and Experience:
- Education: Bachelor's
- Language Requirement : English and Hindi
- Length of Commitment : Less than one year
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