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Submitted by JI Steinert on

Thank you for this very interesting and important blog post. I have recently worked on a systematic review/meta-analysis of 30 saving promotion trials carried out it Sub-Saharan Africa. I have found it quite difficult to apply some state-of-the-art systematic review tools such as the Cochrane risk of bias appraisal tool (http://handbook.cochrane.org/chapter_8/table_8_5_a_the_cochrane_collaborations_tool_for_assessing.htm ) to the common-type reporting of economics RCTs. For instance, randomization procedures are usually not reported in detail, blinding of participants is most often not possible, and incomplete outcome reporting cannot simply not be assessed if trial protocols/PAPs have not been published a priori. I therefore very much agee with your call for an equivalent of CONSORT guidelines for economics papers.