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Submitted by Anonymous on
Of course RCTs can reduce poverty. Hire poor students from a local university as enumerators and there you are. I guess the point I am trying to make is that just as with Blogs, the usefulness of RCTs depends on people asking the right questions and making sure that their tools can actually be used to answer them. Yes, particularly RCTs of NGO interventions are typically used to peddle a pre-conceived point of view. A great example of what happens when people fundamentally don't understand what the shiny tool they are using is capable of is Esther Duflo’s TED talk where every one of the three examples she presents was distorted in one way or another to confirm previously held beliefs. But none of this means that RCTs can’t be really useful and value for money.