Seoul Journal of Economics
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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 29, No. 4, pp.529-552
ISSN: 1225-0279 (Print)
Print publication date 30 Nov 2016
Received 04 Oct 2016 Revised 12 Oct 2016 Accepted 13 Oct 2016

A Beginner’s Guide to Randomized Evaluations in Development Economics

E Seul Choi ; Booyuel Kim
E Seul Choi, Graduate Student, Department of Economics, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
Booyuel Kim, Corresponding author, Assistant Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Sejong 30149, Republic of Korea, Tel: +82-44-550-1023

JEL Classification: C93


We present a practical guide to randomized impact evaluation in Development Economics for people who are interested in starting a field experiment for the first time. We provide an overview of the important steps in planning and implementing a randomized evaluation from beginning to end. The steps include issues such as research question development, local partner institution, institutional review board, pre-analysis plan, samplesize calculation, random sampling, randomization, survey implementation, data entry, and data analysis.


Impact evaluation, Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), Potential outcome model


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