Experimental conversations: perspectives on randomized trials in development economics – edited by Timothy Ogden 

Reviewed by Caroline Fiennes.

Much rubbish is spoken about randomized controlled trials (RCTs). And many of the views ascribed to the ‘randomistas’ who run them are not in fact held by them. For instance, it is often said that RCTs are the only research worth doing, or that they are the gold standard for research, which few randomistas would say. 

So it’s great that somebody talked to a pile of randomistas to document what they actually believe, and say, and do.  

This book is verbatim transcripts of 20 interviews with development economists, some of whom run RCTs and some of whom are sceptical about them. 

 
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