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Misbehaving’ RCTs: the confounding problem of human agency

Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540 (2020) Misbehaving’ RCTs: the confounding problem of human agency. World Development, 127. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104809


This paper argues that the theoretical model of causal inference underpinning RCTs is frequently undermined by the failure of different actors involved in their implementation to behave in ways required by the model. This is not a problem unique to RCTs, but it poses a greater challenge to them because it undercuts their claims to methodological superiority based on the ‘clean identification’ of causal effects.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 08:45
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 21:27

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