Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, who share a 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Michael Kremer, answer questions during a press conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge on Oct. 14. SCOTT EISEN/GETTY IMAGES

Why RCTs Are Not a Promising Tool for Development

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
— Jonathan Swift


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Netscape Communications Corporation was founded on April 4, 1994–23 years ago today.



Photograph from Ben & Jerry’s “What’s the Doughboy Afraid Of?” campaign. Co-founder Ben Cohen wrote about the incident in Innovations journal.



“Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason.”— Article III, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States


Making Russia Great Again

Computer systems used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked in an attack that appears to have come from Russia’s intelligence services, a federal law enforcement official said on Friday.

The apparent breach, coming after the disclosure last month that the Democratic National Committee’s computer system had been compromised, escalates an international episode in which Clinton campaign officials have suggested that Russia might be trying to sway the outcome of the election.


  • Change in the intensity of Republican and Democrat voting in the 2012 presidential election as compared with the 2004 presidential election
  • Overdose death rates mostly from opioids
  • Rates of firearm suicide

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