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Medical Epistemology Meets Economics: How (Not) To GRADE Universal Basic Income Research

Yee, Adrian K. and Hayakawa, Kenji (2023) Medical Epistemology Meets Economics: How (Not) To GRADE Universal Basic Income Research. [Preprint]

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Abstract

There have recently been novel applications of medical systematic review guidelines to economic policy interventions which contain controversial methodological assumptions that require further scrutiny. A landmark 2017 Cochrane review of unconditional cash transfer (UCT) studies, based on the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE), exemplifies both the possibilities and limitations of applying medical systematic review guidelines to UCT and universal basic income (UBI) studies. Recognizing the need to upgrade GRADE to incorporate the differences between medical and policy interventions, the GRADE Public Health Project Group (PHPG) was convened to enumerate and address these methodological challenges. However, in light of our analysis of additional methodological challenges that arise for UCT and UBI studies, we argue that the adaptation of medical systematic review guidelines to economic methodology is far from straightforward and is in fact more challenging than claimed by the PHPG.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Yee, Adrian K.adriankyle.yee@mail.utoronto.ca0000-0002-41709257
Hayakawa, Kenji
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Methodology
Keywords: Philosophy of Economics Medical Epistemology Philosophy of Medicine Economic Methodology Universal Basic Income Medical Policy Poverty Public Health Unconditional Cash Transfers Experimentation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Adrian K. Yee
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2023 13:33
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 13:33
Item ID: 22256
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22256

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