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more on randomized experiments and social policy

October 20, 2010

In reference to my previous post, please see this TED talk if you would like to see a short introduction on what randomized controlled experiments mean in terms of the evaluation of social policy. Esther Duflo is one of the forerunners in this topic and the director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab. This talk is almost like a sales-pitch on social experiments and I don’t necessarily agree with all there is to this method. As you can see from the responses to her talk, there are a lot of pro’s and con’s, not only in the theoretically and methodologically but certainly also ethically.

Esther Duflo’s TED talk on social experiments to fight poverty

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