In our post on Monday, we discussed a paper (joint with F Campos, A Coville, and A Fernandes) where we lay out our failures to evaluate a number of matching grant programs in Africa. In terms of background, for those of you who missed it, matching grant programs are government co-financing (typically 50 percent) for the costs of a firm purchasing bu
In the spirit of learning from failure, we thought we’d start the New Year by discussing lessons from a series of attempts to implement randomized experiments that ultimately were not implemented. There is ongoing discussion about the need for a trial registry to ensure that all studies that are undertaken end up being reported on.
This is the sixth of our series of posts by PhD students on the job market.
In a New York Times column last Friday David Brooks discussed a book by Jim Manzi, and extolled the idea of randomized field trials as a way for the US to make better policies.
While it’s nice to welcome Citizen Brooks into the fold, there are a couple of points in his article worth exploring a bit.