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Can RCTs help improve the design of CAP

Luc Behaghel, Karen Macours and Julie Subervie ()
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Julie Subervie: CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - FRE2010 - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UM - Université de Montpellier - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier

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Abstract: We illustrate how randomized controlled trials (RCTs) could be used as a learning tool to shed light on various aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). RCTs are quasi-absent from the CAP evaluation toolbox, despite their frequent use to evaluate other European Union policies, or agricultural policies in developing countries. We draw upon existing debates on the role of RCTs in policy-making to derive a list of points of attention. We then consider four specific examples of evaluation questions for the CAP, and based on examples drawn from agricultural and social policies in developing and developed countries, argue that the RCT toolbox has the potential to significantly add to existing approaches to evaluating and designing components of the CAP.

Keywords: field experiments; Common agricultural policy; Impact evaluation; Policy design; Field experiments JEL codes: C93; Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-06-20
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Published in Colloque Politiques agricoles et alimentaires : trajectoires et réformes, SFER. Société Française d'Economie Ruruale, Jun 2018, Montpellier, France

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