AEA RCT Registry currently lists 2067 studies with locations in 124 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • The Effects of Student Growth Data on School District Choice: Evidence From a Survey Experiment
    Last registered on October 23, 2018

    We seek to identify the effects of providing district-level average student achievement data and/or average student growth data on subjects’ hypothetical school district enrollment decisions. Compared to average achievement at a single point in time, average growth is arguably better able to capture schools’ and school systems’ contributions to student learning. Average growth also bears a weaker relationship to the racial and socio-economic composition of the student body, making it easier to identify highly effective schools that serve less advantaged students. This study consists of an online survey experiment in which each subject is asked to imagine that s/he is a parent who is moving to a new city. When deciding where to live, one of their top priorities is to choose a school d...

  • Financial Inclusion Through Voice Alerts
    Last registered on October 23, 2018

    Over the last few years, financial inclusion has been a key priority for the Government of India, evident in the country's push to universalize access to basic "no frills" bank accounts through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). While there has been progress towards providing basic banking products to the masses, the path to universal financial inclusion is still fraught with major challenges. Even among holders of accounts with positive balances, many accounts remain dormant. Low financial literacy among the rural poor, especially women, implies the newly banked often lack a transparent, reliable, and low-cost method to access information their accounts, especially direct benefit transfers (DBT) made by the government into citizens' accounts. As a result, awareness of transfe...

  • Impact on learning outcome by effective use of mathematics textbooks structured for increasing academic learning time: Empirical research in El Salvador
    Last registered on October 23, 2018

    This research investigates whether the effective use of mathematics textbooks structured to increase academic learning time improves learning outcome of students of primary and lower secondary education in El Salvador or not. This study targets for the 2nd and the 7th grades students in El Salvador. Cognitive skills of knowing, application and reasoning on all the domains of mathematics are measured by paper test. The students' attitude for learning of mathematics are measured by questionnaire. This study also evaluates whether mentoring and review of teaching practice enhance the behavioral change of teachers on the effective use of the textbooks. The heterogeneity of impact on learning outcome by intervention on students with lower academic performance at the baseline, and with fewer ...

  • Export Facilitation through Improving Management
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    Many developing country governments seek to improve the productivity and export competitiveness of their SME sectors. We will run a randomized experiment to test whether improving management practices can achieve these goals. A treatment group of 100 firms will receive a diagnostic, 190 hours of technical assistance, and then participate in a trade fair, while a control group of 100 firms will receive the diagnostic and trade fair only. Rich administrative data on export transactions will enable us to track whether this program leads to firms being more likely to export, diversifying what they export and where they export to, and improving export productivity.

  • The Impact of Expert Interviews in Suicide-Related Awareness Materials
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    Previous studies have shown that non-sensationalist suicide portrayals in the media, particularly those that focus on coping with adverse circumstances, have the potential to reduce suicidality among audiences. However, studies aiming to investigate which characteristics of a media story of hope and recovery support this positive effect the most are scarce. There is currently a lively debate among scholars, whether or not a clinician should disclose own suicidal crises in the past to patients in order to create the potential for strong horizontal identification with the clinician and his or her own story of recovery. The present study is a randomized controlled online trial. Participants are exposed to one of three possible media stories: Group #1 is exposed to a newspaper report focusi...

  • Creating Exercise Habits Using Incentives: The Tradeoff between Flexibility and Routinization
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    The purpose of this study is to determine whether healthy habits can be formed more effectively when people are rewarded for repeated engagement in a given healthy behavior at a specific, routinized time each day rather than at any time.

  • Alan-Ertac Grit and Growth Mindset Intervention: Study 1
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    The growing literature on human capital accumulation has emphasized the importance of socio-emotional skills in explaining individual differences in achievement in various economic and social domains. These skills encompass a broad range of individual character traits, often measured via standardized questionnaires by psychologists and, more recently, via incentivized experimental elicitation techniques by economists. Non-cognitive skills such as patience, self-control and conscientiousness, and preference parameters such as risk attitudes have been shown to be highly predictive of outcomes ranging from educational attainment, occupational and financial success to criminal activity and health outcomes. In collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Education, we evaluate a randomized...

  • Experimental Evidence on Election Outcomes and Charitable Giving
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    In the weeks after the 2016 presidential elections, support for left-leaning charitable organizations skyrocketed: In the first six weeks Planned Parenthood received donations at 40 times the normal rate, and by the six-month mark ACLU membership had more than quadrupled. Was this a one-time response to a uniquely controversial election, or is this suggestive of typical patterns of support for politically-bent charities? I aim to address this question by first conducting an observational data analysis to explore whether individuals are more generally inclined to give more to left-or right-leaning causes after the party with which they are ideologically affiliated loses power. I also seek to explore the possible mechanisms underlying such a trend, including (1) the emotional desire for r...

  • A Study of Payday Loan Borrower Behavior
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    To avoid the possibility of experimenter demand effects, we are not disclosing further information about the study until data collection is complete.

  • Anchoring bias in markets
    Last registered on October 22, 2018

    In a laboratory experiment, we investigate whether the information revealed during market participation reduces the anchoring bias observed in individual decision making. We control the amount of information available in the market using 3 different market settings: a double auction, bilateral bargaining, and a control treatment in which a good different from the anchored one is traded. Anchors are created randomly for each individual subject by rolling a 10-sided die twice; using a median split subjects are divided into a low anchor group and a high anchor group. The main question of interest is whether the difference in the willingness to pay between the low anchor and the high anchor group observed before market participation is eliminated after the market participation.