Video: EI - Dialogues in Conversation with Dr. Karthik Muralidharan, Head of Global Education Research at JPAL and member of the RISE India Country Research Team and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team


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Karthik Muralidharan

RISE India

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

As part of the EI - Dialogues video podcast series, Pranav Kothari interviews Karthik Muralidharan, Head of Global Education Research at JPAL, RISE India Country Research Team member, and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team member. In this talk, Muralidharan breaks down what research for social impact is, the role of research to inform policy, and the role of independent evaluations and assessments in saving money, time, and effort. In this video, he talks about why has he remained in this sector for so long, what keeps him going, and what should the people joining the sector know about it.

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About the guest:

Karthik Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His research spans development, public, and labor economics with a focus on improving the effectiveness of public spending in the social sector (education, health, and social protection programs). His research program is characterized by large-scale randomized experiments conducted in partnership with governments to study the impact of programs and policies at scale. He is actively involved in policy advising and capacity building in India at both the central and state government level, writes a column on economic policy for the Hindustan Times, and the Dainik Hindustan (in Hindi), and teaches a popular course on the Indian Economy at UCSD. To learn more about Prof. Karthik Muralidharan's research and policy work, please visit his website at: and follow him on Twitter @karthik_econ Source: University of California, San Diego

About Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab:

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. Source: JPAL’s website

About the host:

Pranav Kothari is the head of the Large Scale Education Programmes division at Educational Initiatives (EI). He leads EI's work in student assessments and implementation of their adaptive learning software (Mindspark) in vernacular languages in government and affordable private schools across India. He has spoken on various platforms advocating the need to leverage the twin levers of cutting-edge educational research and technology-based solutions to revolutionize how children in the K-12 space learn.

About Educational Initiatives:

Founded in 2001, Educational Initiatives (EI) is committed to improving learning outcomes and aspires for a world where all children learn with understanding. Large Scale Education Programs is the vertical of Educational Initiatives that exclusively works with low income government schools, specializing in diagnostic assessments for students and teachers, capacity building of teachers and governments, implementation of adaptive and intelligent e-learning systems for personalized learning, impact assessment studies and exploratory research studies that focus on bringing a systemic reform. This is done in collaboration with state governments, international grantmakers, corporate foundations, and NGOs. To know more, visit For other episodes:


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