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    Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Marie Curie Research Fellow, Alexander Krauss, explains why despite social and medical sciences depending on randomised control trials, they face more biases than thought, impacting the reproducibility crisis. This blog post is based on the author’s article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”. 
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are generally viewed as the foundational experimental method of the social and medical sciences. Economists […]

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    What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

Guest bloggers Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and David Lewis, Department of Social Policy at the LSE, suggest a new future for UK-Bangladesh relations once Bangladesh graduates from a Least Developed Country to a Middle Income Country in 2021. 

Ever since Bangladesh became an independent country in December 1971 the United Kingdom has been a major development partner. For the […]

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    Should we compete or cooperate in international development?

Should we compete or cooperate in international development?

Why are partnerships important for sustainable development? Why can’t development actors simply go it alone? Why not strive to be everything for everyone: the “one stop shop” for development assistance? Guest blogger, Cameron Diver, Deputy Director-General at The Pacific Community (SPC), gives us an insight into the potential of partnerships.

In today’s crowded international development space and with extra pressure on traditional […]

Putting Happiness into Public Policy

Guest blogger, Paul Anand, Professor of Economics at the Open University, tells us about the Global Wellbeing Report which launches today, on the International Day of Happiness.

Sensible people often roll their eyes at the thought of all that fluffy happiness nonsense impacting policy until they recall that its absence is the direct cause of a range or rather unpleasant events […]

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    Development as Happiness: A New Approach to International Development?

Development as Happiness: A New Approach to International Development?

In our first post for 2018, we question whether and how governments should incorporate happiness into their development agenda. 

Development should denote more than just delivering the most basic of public goods. The term embodies a sense of hope and aspiration for a better future that goes beyond meeting the basic survival needs. It would rather be disappointing to narrow […]

Advancing women’s economic empowerment: why data matters

Emma Samman and Abigail Hunt, guest bloggers from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), summarise a recent ODI blog series on Women, Work and Economic Empowerment. The blog series features contributions from diverse stakeholders who produce and/or use gender data to give perspectives on the experiences and preferences of women with the aim that the information can inform policymaking. 

Following the adoption of SDG 5 […]

False Choice Between Retributive and Restorative Justice

In this article, Monica Adami, recent graduate from Managing Humanitarianism at the LSE, analyses the effectiveness of retributive approaches to justice used in the International Criminal Court system. 

This is the first in a series of articles by Monica Adami on Retributive and Restorative Justice.

It is widespread the belief that the retributive approach does not restore peace because it tends not to satisfy victim justice. The main […]

The Political Economy of Digital Trade and Digital Divide

Shamel Azmeh, former Visiting Fellow from the department, discusses the political economy of digital trade and the importance of developing a framework for international digital trade and e-commerce that does not exacerbate the inequities exposed by traditional trading regimes. 

The increasing digitization of the global economy is changing how products and services are produced, distributed, and sold across borders. Technologies like cloud […]