Staff Profile: Ben Swanson

What do you do at J-PAL? I provide support for the policy team, I help with the creation of Ben_Swansonresearch resources by the research team, and I help manage social media for J-PAL North America. I do a little bit of everything, and in my first week here, have already gotten a taste of research relating to substance abuse, Moving to Opportunity, technology, and the transition to college.

What drew you to want to work at J-PAL? I’m interested in the practical implications of high quality research, and I like that J-PAL works to pair highly robust research methods with concrete applications to policy.

What is your favorite place in the world that you have been?

Denali National Park, Alaska

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Poppy bagels (lightly toasted) with (scallion) cream cheese and lox. Preferably from Absolute Bagels on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Read Ben’s bio on the J-PAL North America website.

Author: J-PAL North America

J-PAL North America seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through research, outreach, and training. We collaborate with decision-makers to generate clear, scientific evidence on which approaches work and why. We catalyze and support randomized evaluations, communicate evidence to help translate research into action, and build policymakers’ capacity to create and use evidence.

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