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Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Experimental studies using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are a powerful tool in policy analysis. They have been sometimes hailed as the best means of identifying ‘what works’ in development policy. However, it would be unwise to rely solely on findings from RCTs to guide policy...

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– A Porous Dialectic
Rajeev Dehejia - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

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– Better Policies? Better Politics?
Armando Barrientos, Juan M. Villa - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

In recent years, experimental methods have been both highly celebrated, and roundly criticized, as a means of addressing core questions in the social sciences. They have received particular attention in the analysis of development interventions. The studies in this special issue push beyond...

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– Opportunities and Challenges
Kate Baldwin, Rikhil R. Bhavnani - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Macartan Humphreys - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Definitions and Diagrams
Fernando Martel García, Leonard Wantchekon - Journal of Globalization and Development, 2015 - Berkeley, USA

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

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Macartan Humphreys - UNU-WIDER, 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

Social scientists are increasingly engaging in experimental research projects of importance for public policy in developing areas. While this research holds the possibility of producing major social benefits, it may also involve manipulating populations, often without consent, sometimes with...

Blog
– Experimental and Non-experimental Approaches
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

24 September 2013 Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa UNU-WIDER's ReCom programme is centred around four core questions: what works, what could work, what is scalable, and what is transferrable in foreign aid? One of the first challenges in addressing these...

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– Definitions and Diagrams
Fernando Martel García, Leonard Wantchekon - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

The fundamental problem of external validity is not to generalize from one experiment, so much as to experimentally test generalizable theories. That is, theories that explain the systematic variation of causal effects across contexts. Here we show how the graphical language of causal diagrams can...

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Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

In recent years, randomized controlled trials have become increasingly popular in the social sciences. In development economics in particular, their use has attracted considerable debate in relation to the identification of ‘what works’ in development policy. This paper focuses on a...

Research Brief pdf
– Crucial for the Spread of Social Protection Programmes
UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Evaluations of social protection programmes have been much more comprehensive in Latin America than in sub-Saharan Africa. Monitoring and evaluation protocols are crucial to facilitate improvements in government effectiveness. Anti-poverty transfer schemes seem to be...

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– Opportunities and Challenges
Kate Baldwin, Rikhil R. Bhavnani - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

‘Ancillary experiments’ are a new technique whereby researchers use a completed experiment conducted by others to recover causal estimates of a randomized intervention on new outcomes. The method requires pairing new outcome data with randomized treatments the researchers themselves did...

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– Towards Experiments?
Michael Bratton - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

In examining the study of government performance, this paper asks whether field experiments can improve the explanatory precision of results generated by public opinion surveys. Survey research on basic health and education services sub-Saharan Africa shows that the perceived ‘user...

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– Experimental and Non-Experimental Methods in Development Economics
Rajeev Dehejia - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper provides a survey of six widely used non-experimental methods for estimating the impact of programmes in the context of developing economies (instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, direct matching, propensity score matching, linear regression and non-parametric methods, and...

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