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The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy | Ana Revenga and Esther Duflo

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The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy | Esther Duflo part 1

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The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy | Esther Duflo part 2

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The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy | David McKenzie

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The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy | Martin Ravallion

The State of Economics: The Influence of Randomized Controlled Trials on Development Economics Research and on Development Policy

Thinkers instrumental in shaping contemporary economics do a major stocktaking of the field, and also look ahead at the challenges of global development. The speakers reflect on the way thinking in economics has evolved in his or her area of interest, and also speculate about how the global economy is likely to evolve and the challenges this will pose for humankind, economic analysis, and policy-making.

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) provide insight into which development interventions make a tangible difference. But how does evidence from RCTs translate into development policy? Economists discuss policy-relevant features of RCT design, the future of RCTs, and the results that are ultimately adopted as development policy.

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About the Presenters

Esther Duflo

David McKenzie

Martin Ravallion

Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics, Georgetown University
Martin Ravallion holds the inaugural Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2013 he was Director of the World Bank’s research department, the Development Research Group. He joined the Bank in 1988 and worked in almost all sectors and all regions over the following 24 years. Prior to joining the Bank, Martin was on the faculty of the Australian National University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics, and has taught economics at L.S.E., Oxford University, the Australian National University and Princeton University. Martin’s main research interests over the last 30 years have concerned poverty and policies for fighting it. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on this topic, and he has written extensively on this and other subjects in economics, including four books and 200 papers in scholarly journals and edited volumes. His latest book, "The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement and Policy," was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.

Ana Revenga

Senior Director, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank
Ana Revenga is the Senior Director of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank Group. In her 24-year career at the World Bank, she has worked in both technical and management positions in the East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as in OECD countries.