volume 53, issue 5, P992-1011 2020
DOI: 10.1177/0308518x20971638
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Abstract: Randomised Control Trials (RCT) are both widely used in development, reaching hundreds of millions through RCT informed policy, and highly regarded, receiving a Nobel Prize in Economics. Proponents, largely academic economists, position RCTs as a scientific and ideologically neutral way to get to the heart of ‘what works’ in development. However, this new and radical micro-experimental approach to poverty reduction has sat uneasily within the broader development sphere, including critical geographers. We cont…

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