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There is Cause to Randomize

Larroulet Philippi, Cristian (2020) There is Cause to Randomize. [Preprint]

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Abstract

While practitioners think highly of randomized studies, some philosophers argue
that there is no epistemic reason to randomize. Here I show that their arguments do not entail their conclusion. Moreover, I provide novel reasons for randomizing in the context of interventional studies. The overall discussion provides a unified framework for assessing baseline balance, one that holds for interventional and observational studies alike. The upshot: practitioners’ strong preference for randomized studies can be defended in some cases, while still offering a nuanced approach to evidence-appraisal, one where not all nonrandomized studies are treated equally.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Larroulet Philippi, Cristiancristianlarroulet@gmail.com0000-0001-5793-4670
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science, 2022
Keywords: randomization, causal inference, social sciences
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Cristian Larroulet Philippi
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 01:30
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 01:30
Item ID: 19046
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19046

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