Angus Deaton, 13 February 2017

Are randomised controlled trials better than others? In this video, Angus Deaton discusses the difficulties of applying the results to actual policies. This video was recorded at the American Economic Association in Chicago in January 2017.

Angus Deaton, Nancy Cartwright, 09 November 2016

In recent years, the use of randomised controlled trials has spread from labour market and welfare programme evaluation to other areas of economics, and to other social sciences, perhaps most prominently in development and health economics. This column argues that some of the popularity of such trials rests on misunderstandings about what they are capable of accomplishing, and cautions against simple extrapolations from trials to other contexts.


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