Collaborate Research Collaboration

Joint Initiative for Latin American Experimental Economics

The Joint Initiative for Latin American Experimental Economics (JILAEE) is a research initiative founded by TMW Center Co-Director John List and Julio Elias of the Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA). The JILAEE research team, which includes TMW Center researchers, applies insights from behavioral and experimental economics to reduce inequality and promote economic opportunity in Latin America.

JILAEE partners with public and private institutions to produce rigorous research. For one critical research project, the research team has partnered with the Ministry of Health of the province of Tucuman (Argentina), the Ministry of Health of Paraguay (nation-wide), and the Department of Social Prosperity in Colombia (nation-wide) in order to conduct three field experiments that will shed light on how to implement early childhood interventions (ECIs) at scale in Latin America.

Given that early childhood education is one of the key ways in which countries can reduce inequality in opportunities and outcomes for families, this project will help answer a critical question: For families living in poverty, how can we encourage parental investments without imposing additional financial burden on them?

Learn more about this important collaboration at Research results will be published as soon as they are available.

Journal Article Combining behavioral economics and field experiments to reimagine early childhood education

In this study, we combine behavioral economics with field experiments to reimagine a new model of early childhood education.

Journal Article The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance

Through a series of field experiments involving thousands of primary and secondary school students, we demonstrate the power of behavioral economics to influence educational performance.

Book The Scale-Up Effect in Early Childhood and Public Policy: Why Interventions Lose Impact at Scale and What We Can Do About It

This critical volume combines theoretical and empirical work across disciplines to explore what threatens scalability—and what enables it—in the early childhood field.