Uncontrolled

Uncontrolled

The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-error for Business, Politics, and Society

Book - 2012
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How do we know which social and economic policies work, which should be continued, and which should be changed? Jim Manzi argues that throughout history, various methods have been attempted--except for controlled experimentation. Experiments provide the feedback loop that allows us, in certain limited ways, to identify error in our beliefs as a first step to correcting them. Randomized trials have shown, for example, that work requirements for welfare recipients have succeeded like nothing else in encouraging employment, that charter school vouchers have been successful in increasing educational attainment for underprivileged children, and that community policing has worked to reduce crime, but also that programs like Head Start and Job Corps, which might be politically attractive, fail to attain their intended objectives. Business leaders can also use experiments to test decisions in a controlled, low-risk environment before investing precious resources in large-scale changes - the philosophy behind Manzi's own successful software company.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2012], ©2012
ISBN: 9780465023240
046502324X
9780465029310
0465029310
Branch Call Number: 001.434 Ma
Description: xvii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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