In our Q&A with J-PAL affiliate Paul Niehaus, he describes his work with GiveDirectly, the nonprofit he co-founded: “We will be running the first large-scale, long-term randomized evaluation of a universal basic income. This is an idea with tremendous resonance and controversy right now, and sadly, there is very little evidence on the basic questions. I think it could end up being among the most important things we do.”
"J-PAL Director Abhijit Banerjee noted that RCTs have at least already "fundamentally changed our understanding" of some key issues in aid – the limits of microloans as a tool for ending poverty, the advisability of offering not just bed nets but all sorts of other preventive health products like deworming pills and chlorine treatments for water for free or heavily subsidized prices."
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