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  • Reply to: Cash Transfers: Sorting Through the Hype   5 hours 57 min ago
    Hi Morten, Thanks. Yes, this does come up a lot. The attraction of UCTs is that they're transparent, easy, and cheaper to implement. They are also less meddlesome. On the exporting of ideology, my impression is that the Bank was playing catch-up to countries like Mexico and Brazil in Latin America that introduced these programs themselves. That they spread fast and wide, I think, speaks to their perceived success and also how much people around the world think of them as overly intrusive rather than nudgy. Some countries do prefer UCTs or labeled CTs and that also seems fine. The evaluations are just showing the pros and cos of different approaches so that policymakers can make their minds up with as much information as possible...
  • Reply to: Cash Transfers: Sorting Through the Hype   3 days 3 hours ago

    Hi Berk,

    Have you considered those benefits from UCT's that are intangible - for instance that UCT's minimise the meddling with other people's "sovereignty"? I'm sure you're familiar with the criticism, especially of the World Bank, for being an exporter/imposer of Western ways of thinking, living, organising societies, etc. I won't elaborate on the critique here, as I'm sure you've heard of it. I'd like to hear your thoughts about UCT in this relation?

    Morten Christensen

  • Reply to: Weekly links April 17: Reducing open defecation, pre-publication replication, free TORs, and so much more   1 week 23 hours ago

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  • Reply to: Tips for Randomization in the Wild: Adding a Waitlist   1 week 1 day ago

    Thanks a ton, David.

    I will take a look at this.

  • Reply to: Tips for Randomization in the Wild: Adding a Waitlist   1 week 2 days ago
    There are two issues here:
    1) How to ensure you don't lose your whole control group by having them win in the next drawing;
    2) How to deal with multiple lotteries in the analysis.

    For the second point I blogged about this a while back:

    On the first point, it really depends how popular your program is - if you have 1000 applicants for 200 positions, then even if your control group reapplies in the next round, most of them still won't win, and you are fine provided you deal with point 2). If on the other hand there isn't much demand for the program, and everyone in the control group wins in the second drawing, you are much more stuck. Then standard methods to try to boost application rates are your best approach.