180: The worm wars (David Roodman)

March 19, 2017

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia talks with economics and public policy expert David Roodman about the “Worm Wars” in social science — the debate over whether deworming pills are an effective way to fight poverty. Along the way they discuss how to analyze a study, the differences between  economists and epidemiologists, and how to make high stakes decisions when all your evidence is flawed.

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