A randomized control trial (RCT) is a method of field research that compares the effect of an intervention on a group under observation over a period of time. The RCT assesses how that group is faring as compared to the group(s) that did not get the particular intervention. For instance, one can form two groups of unemployed people, where one gets an incentive (such as travel tickets) to migrate for employment, while the other does not. The impact of the intervention, thus, becomes measurable. Of course, this example is oversimplified; there’s more than this to RCTs. … [Read more...] about Review | Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo’s new book presents poverty and migration in new light
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The internet is mobilizing to send 9-year-old Quaden Bayles to Disneyland after his mom posted a viral Facebook Live video in which he could be seen crying and saying he wants to kill himself. Bayles, who lives in Australia and is mercilessly teased over his dwarfism, says in the video, “Give me a knife.” … [Read more...] about A viral GoFundMe to send Quaden Bayles to Disneyland lays bare the devastation of school bullying
It turns out that companies do this because it works: A company touting its One Ethical Behavior will likely manipulate you into a purchase. New research published in PLoS One shows that consumers equate that single ethical action to mean THIS PRODUCT IS GOOD FOR THE WORLD, which, in turn, makes them feel ethical and shell out cash. … [Read more...] about Don’t be fooled by brands that do one good ethical thing, say economists
Military leaders believe climate change seriously threatens U.S. national security. They contend it is stirring up chaos and conflict abroad, endangering coastal bases, and stressing soldiers and equipment, which undermines military readiness. But rather than debating the causes of climate change or assigning blame, they focus on how warming undermines security, and on practical steps to slow its advance and minimize damage. … [Read more...] about Could the military’s focus on climate readiness be the way to convince climate deniers?