Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world by Andrew Leigh

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September 2018, no. 404
Michael Sexton reviews 'Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world' by Andrew Leigh

Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world

by Andrew Leigh

La Trobe University Press, $29.99 pb, 279 pp, 9781863959711

Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world by Andrew Leigh

Reviewed by
September 2018, no. 404

Unusual for a federal parliamentarian, Andrew Leigh is a former academic economist and author of several serious books, these being distinguished from the vapid and self-serving memoirs published in recent times by many current and former politicians.

Leigh’s latest book, Randomistas, is an argument for the utility of randomised tests as one of the most valuable means of obtaining evidence on which to base effective public policy programs. Such tests are, of course, used extensively in marketing products by the private sector, and the book spends some time on these kinds of exercises. But its chief concern is to explain how these tests can improve the delivery of services by governments in developed and undeveloped countries.

Michael Sexton reviews 'Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world' by Andrew Leigh

Randomistas: How radical researchers changed our world

by Andrew Leigh

La Trobe University Press, $29.99 pb, 279 pp, 9781863959711

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