I propose a novel RCT. I will close down highly influential development blogs on random dates to determine a) how this impacts future research output (quantity and quality) of the chief contributing bloggers, b) how this impacts development-awareness and snark quotient test scores of graduate students and aid workers, and c) how these combined factors impact "development" broadly interpreted.
The first blog to be shut down in pursuit of greater knowledge is .... Aid Watch.
Goodbye, Easterly and Freschi. We'll miss you.