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Replication data for: In Pursuit of Balance: Randomization in Practice in Development Field Experiments

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Bruhn, Miriam
  • McKenzie, David
Publication Date
2009-10-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We present new evidence on the randomization methods used in existing experiments, and new simulations comparing these methods. We find that many papers do not describe the randomization in detail, implying that better reporting is needed. Our simulations suggest that in samples of 300 or more, the different methods perform similarly. However, for very persistent outcome variables, and in smaller samples, pair-wise matching and stratification perform best and appear to dominate the rerandomization methods commonly used in practice. The simulations also point to specific recommendations for which variables to balance on, and for which controls to include in the ex post analysis. (JEL C83, C93, O12)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.1.4.200 (Text)
Publications
  • Bruhn, Miriam, and David McKenzie. “In Pursuit of Balance: Randomization in Practice in Development Field Experiments.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1, no. 4 (September 2009): 200–232. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.1.4.200.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.1.4.200 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Bruhn, Miriam; McKenzie, David (2009): Replication data for: In Pursuit of Balance: Randomization in Practice in Development Field Experiments. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113574