What are randomised control trials, and what is the best way to use them to inform policy decisions?

Esther Duflo, co-founder and Director of JPAL, explains what randomised control trials (RCTs) are and why they are important to influence policy. She provides four pieces of advice for researchers and policymakers on effectively using RCTs.

Editor’s note: The video, which was first published by the Royal Economic Society, originally appeared on VoxDev in April 2019

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