Methods and Measurement

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Vox Executive Summary: “Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space”

This article by Henderson, Storegard, and Weil, published in 2012, pioneered the use of satellite light data as an alternative measure for economic growth. This executive summary from Vox gives a synopsis of the larger paper.

VoxDev Podcasts: Experiments in the Long Run

Audio Content: Methods and Measurement Randomized Controlled Trials in the Long Run Hosted by Tim Phillips VoxDev Talks: Interviews with practitioners First aired on November 20, 2019. Edward Miguel of Berkeley is a co-author (along with Sarah Baird and Joan Hamory Hicks) with one of the 2019 Nobel laureates, Michael Kremer, on one of the…

Blog: Three Problems with Randomized Controlled Trials

This blog post on Brookings from Jeffrey Hammer covers three big reasons not to think of randomized controlled trials as the next “magic bullet” for development.

Full Article: “Worms: Identifying Impacts on Education and Health in the Presence of Treatment Externalities”

This paper on the effects of deworming treatments on children in Kenya, by Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel, was one of the pioneers in the use of randomized controlled trials at a scale of interest and with implications for cash-strapped governments.

Full Article: “Worms at Work: Long-Run Impacts of a Child Health investment”

In this study, Michael Kremer and crew assess the impacts of childhood de-worming interventions in Kenya on how those same children perform in the labor market once they’ve grown up, and find some surprisingly persistent effects on their welfare.

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