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Berk Ozler's blog
Almost four years ago I wrote a blog post titled “Advocating a treatment that may not help the treated?”, which was in response to the news that starting treatment with antiretroviral drugs immediately rather than waiting until the then standard of falling below a CD4+ count of 250 significantly reduced transmission of HIV among HIV-discordant couples. The study also reported effects on the health of the HIV-infected partner and found that the evidence for any beneficial effects for the person being treated were weak at best.
Bruce Wydick on the Impact of giving away TOMS Shoes: He gives kudos to TOMS for being open for evaluation and being responsive to findings, but what caught my eye was this observation: "The bad news is that there is no evidence that the shoes exhibit any kind of life-changing impact,..."
- 3ie blog on power, replication, and meta-analysis.
- Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist, on the need for corrections for multiple hypothesis testing in the finance literature. He cites the famous jelly beans cause acne cartoon, but I did not find a link to the paper he mentions...
- Michael Hobbes in the TNR on how big ideas are destroying international development. Regular readers won't find much in here, reads like written by someone who familiarized himself with the field over the past year. His recommendation: scale up successful ideas slower and no cookie cutter solutions from Western Kenya to India -- probably not worth 5,000 words in TNR...