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The role of random assignment in social policy research

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  • Richard P. Nathan

    (Rockefeller Institute of Government)

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 401-415

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    1. Laura Langbein, 2009. "Beyond random assignment for internal validity and beyond social research for random assignment," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(1), pages 173-174.
    2. Eunsu Ju, 2009. "Is random assignment good enough?," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(1), pages 176-178.
    3. Wenhua Di & Jielai Ma & James C. Murdoch, 2010. "An analysis of the neighborhood impacts of a mortgage assistance program: A spatial hedonic model," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(4), pages 682-697.
    4. Maureen A. Pirog & Anne L. Buffardi & Colleen K. Chrisinger & Pradeep Singh & John Briney, 2009. "Are the alternatives to randomized assignment nearly as good? Statistical corrections to nonrandomized evaluations," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(1), pages 169-172.

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