Angus Deaton on Random Control Trials (RCTs)

Prof Deaton has been a long critic of RCTs.

In this recent piece at the India Forum, he says they are useful but should not be the only way to do research:

Randomized control trials are a useful tool in development economics. But RCTs are not a gold standard; like other tools they face problems of inference, they cannot claim to have established causality and some of them raise serious ethical concerns.

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