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Randomized controlled experiments in health and social sciences: Some conceptual issues

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  • Bhargava, Alok

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This brief article outlines some difficulties as well as benefits in conducting randomized controlled trials in social science settings especially in developing countries. Some of the historical developments are summarized and certain applications in health sciences are discussed from methodological and policy standpoints.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

Volume (Year): 6 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 293-298

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:6:y:2008:i:2:p:293-298

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  1. Bhargava, Alok, 2013. "Iron status, malaria parasite loads and food policies: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(1), pages 108-112.

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