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Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: A Critical Perspective

Florent Bédécarrats, Isabelle Guérin, and François Roubaud


In October 2019, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer jointly won the 51st Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." But what is the exact scope of their experimental method, known as randomized control trials (RCTs)? Which sorts of questions are RCTs able to address and which do they fail to answer? This book provides answers to these questions, explaining how RCTs work, what they can achieve, why they sometimes fail, how they can be improved and why other methods are both useful and ne ... More

Keywords: Development economics, Research ethics, Evidence-based policy, Impact evaluation, Global health, Microcredit, Political economy, Qualitative methods, Randomized controlled trials, Sanitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198865360
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florent Bédécarrats, editor
Head of data management unit, Nantes Métropole

Isabelle Guérin, editor
Senior Research Fellow, CESSMA, IRD (French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development)

François Roubaud, editor
Senior Research Fellow, DIAL, IRD (French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development),

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