Professor Sir Angus Deaton Presents Randomized Controlled Trials (joint with Nancy Cartwright)
This talk argues that RCT are frequently misunderstood. Misunderstandings include the belief that randomization provides a fair test by equalizing everything but the treatment, that randomization is required to solve selection problems, that lack of blinding does little to compromise inference, and that statistical inference in RCTs is straightforward because it requires only the comparison of two means. The lack of connection between RCTs and other scientific knowledge makes it hard to use them outside of the exact context in which they are conducted yet, provided they are combined with other methods, including conceptual and theoretical development, they can play a role in building cumulative knowledge to discover not “what works,” but why things work.
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
RGL 101, University of Southern California
A cocktail reception will be held prior to the event in Franklin Courtyard (between RGL and VPD) from 5-6:00 PM
RSVP by Wednesday, April 25
Devin Stambler, Special Events Associate
His current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty and inequality in the US, India and around the world. He also maintains a long-standing interest in the analysis of household surveys. He is also interested in what randomized controlled trials can and cannot do.
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