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Record number 558324
Title Contributions of experimental approaches to development and poverty alleviation : Field experiments and humanitarian assistance
Author(s) Quattrochi, John; Aker, Jenny C.; Windt, Peter van der; Voors, Maarten
Source World Development 127 (2020). - ISSN 0305-750X
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104830
Department(s) WASS
Development Economics
Publication type Non-refereed article in scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Abstract

The work of Nobel Laureates Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer has centered around the use of randomized control trials to help solve development problems. To date, however, few field experiments have been undertaken to evaluate the effects of humanitarian assistance. The reasons may lie in challenges related to logistics, fragility, security and ethics that often loom large in humanitarian settings. Yet every year, billions of dollars are spent on humanitarian aid, and policymakers are in need of rigorous evidence. In this paper, we reflect on the opportunities and risks of running experiments in humanitarian settings, and provide, as illustration, insights from our experiences with recent field experiments of large-scale humanitarian aid programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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