Thiruvananthapuram: Their efforts to revive development economics, particularly through the popularisation of ârandomised control trialsâ (RCT) has won Abhijit Banerjee-Esther Duflo couple the Nobel Prize in Economic sciences in 2019. But the famed economists had failed to impress the government of Kerala when they visited the state and proposed the application of RCT to scientifically deduce the potentiality of Ardram Mission project that was conceived to convert primary health centres to family health centres. In one of her papers âThe Economist as Plumberâ published in 2017, Duflo explained the ordeal that she, Banerjee and Gita Gopinath , IMF chief economist and former adviser to Kerala chief minister, had to face when the trio dropped in at the secretariat on an invite to discuss the project. Duflo explains in detail how indifferently a retired professor who was in charge of the implementation of the project took their questions. âIt turns out that policy makers rarely have the time or inclination to focus on them, and will tend to decide on how to address them based on hunches, without much regard for evidence,â she said. She said the former additional chief secretary (health) Rajeev Sadanandan could spent only a little time with… Read full this story
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