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Using Randomization in Development Economics Research A Toolkit Esther Duflo Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer CID Working Paper No 138 December 2006 Copyright 2006 Esther Duflo Rachel Glennerster Michael Kremer and the President and Fellows of Harvard College Working Papers Center for International Development at Harvard University Using Randomization in Development Economics Research A Toolkit Esther Duflo Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer December 12 2006 Abstract This paper is a practical guide a toolkit for researchers students and practitioners wishing to introduce randomization as part of a research design in the field It first covers the rationale for the use of randomization as a solution to selection bias and a partial solution to publication biases Second it discusses various ways in which randomization can be practically introduced in a field settings Third it discusses designs issues such as sample size requirements stratification level of randomization and data collection methods Fourth it discusses how to analyze data from randomized evaluations when there are departures from the basic framework It reviews in particular how to handle imperfect compliance and externalities Finally it discusses some of the issues involved in drawing general conclusions from randomized evaluations including the necessary use of theory as a guide when designing evaluations and interpreting results JEL Classification I0 J0 O0 C93 Keywords Randomized evaluations Experiments Development Program evaluation We thank the editor T Paul Schultz as well Abhijit Banerjee Guido Imbens and Jeffrey Kling for extensive discussions David Clingingsmith Greg Fischer Trang Nguyen and Heidi Williams for outstanding research assistance and Paul Glewwe and Emmanuel Saez whose previous collaboration with us inspired parts of this chapter Department of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab



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