I suppose it is a measure of the power of randomized trials (RCTs) that arguments about their pros and cons continue to ricochet in the blogosphere. A fortnight ago, Philip Auerswald at The Coming Prosperity posted under the title, "Why Randomized Controlled Trials Work in Public Health...and Not Much Else." He elicited a high-quality comment stream.
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One task of chapter 6 of Due Diligence is to inventory econometric bugaboos, reasons you shouldn't trust most of the published studies of the impact of microfinance. For example:
OK, even if it's not quite what it seems, this is pretty darn cool. (Tip: turn off the sound.)
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The idea of helping the poor by giving them loans goes way back. This video spectacularly highlights one novelty in the modern wave: cross-border flows.
Hat tip to @viewfromthecave.
I am tempted to write, "The Open Book Is Now Closed." I don't mean that this blog is shutting down---though obviously it's been pretty quiet lately---only that the process of making the book as become less public.