AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1359 studies with locations in 108 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • An impact evaluation of a child nutritional program on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexico
    Last registered on August 22, 2017

    The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexican public schools affects one third of the students in primary education. The students are surrounded by a plentiful supply of foods with high contents of energy, fats and sugars. Survey data show that the conventional intervention of providing nutritional information to food consumers fails to reach most of the population. The latest official survey of health conditions, ENSANUT 2016, revealed that 76.3% of adults nationwide do not know or did not respond to the question of how many daily calories are recommended for them, while only 40.6% read the nutritional labels of the foods they eat. To remedy this situation, the Mexican government has designed a school-based intervention (Salud en tu Escuela) with the aim of reducing the prevalenc...

  • 2-week Learning Camps for Disadvantaged Youth in Denmark
    Last registered on August 22, 2017

    All pupils in Danish public schools undergo evaluations of their readiness to embark on post-compulsory school education during grade 8 and grade 9. One in three pupils are evaluated by teachers to be at risk of lacking the academic, social or personal skills to be ready for post-compulsory school education. On behalf of the Danish Ministry of Education, the trial tests whether a 2-week intensive learning camp in grade 8 has positive effects on academic outcomes (such test scores, absenteeism), non-cognitive skills, wellbeing, and readiness for post-compulsory school education. Long run outcomes (such as wages and employment) might be examined at a later point. The intensive learning camp is targeted at pupils at risk of not being ready for post-compulsory school education an...

  • Gender Difference in Firm and Market Labor Supply Elasticities
    Last registered on August 22, 2017

    A field experiment conducted in conjunction with a national rideshare company to (1) produce experimental estimates of intensive and extensive margin labor supply elasticities by gender and (2) investigate gender differences in firm-specific labor supply elasticities.

  • Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE 2.0)- Randomized Control Trial
    Last registered on August 22, 2017

    This evaluation is of the STRYDE 2.0 program implemented by TechnoServe in Mbeya, Tanzania, which seeks to promote youth self-employment and microbusinesses through a 12 month course. Youth (aged 18-30) who participate receive 3 months of in classroom training followed by 9 months of aftercare activities. The goal of this intervention is to train rural youth on personal efficacy and career skills and later link the trained youth with potential employers or help them develop business plans for self-employment. STRYDE 2.0 is delivered through two different arms: direct and indirect. Participants in the direct arm receive training directly from STRYDE 2.0 employees. In the indirect arm participants receive training on the same STRYDE 2.0 modules, but their instruction is received through ...

  • “Deferred Wages and Savings Constraints”
    Last registered on August 21, 2017

    Financial market frictions and behavioral constraints leave many in developing countries struggling to save sufficient funds to purchase durable goods, make profitable investments, or smooth consumption across the year. Savings constraints prevent individuals from making basic investments such as upgrading their dwellings with iron sheet roofs, paying for school fees or having better food options during low income seasons. Barriers to saving may also have an important negative impact on individuals by depressing labor supply. If smaller income streams cannot be easily saved and aggregated to invest in goods and services that people value, this lowers the effective returns from working. Similarly, if funds cannot be easily transferred from high earning potential periods to low earnin...

  • Information Frictions and Firm Growth in Liberia
    Last registered on August 21, 2017

    Information frictions appear to be pervasive in poor countries (Allen, 2012) and to severely constrain firm and market growth (Jensen, 2012). The goal of the study is to understand information frictions between buyers and suppliers in Liberia. While a lot of procurement tenders are published, it appears that some suppliers have an “information deficit” – e.g., that they lack knowledge about how to apply to tenders or believe that it is not possible for them to win tenders – that leads them to not submit bids. An NGO, Building Markets, runs a training that aims at teaching SMEs how to apply to tenders, and how to maximize their chances of winning. This project will (a) test the impact of the training and (b) seek to understand whether and how information frictions prevent SMEs from takin...

  • Colombia Mobile Victims Unit Impact Evaluation
    Last registered on August 21, 2017

    The internal armed conflict in Colombia has lasted over 52 years and left over 8 million victims. In 2011, the Government signed a progressive and comprehensive Victims and Land Restitution Law (Law 1448) that ensures the right of access to truth, justice, reparation, and no repetition to all victims. This impact evaluation estimates the effects of a national government program that serves as a front door for victims to access justice services - the Mobile Victims Unit - which brings together three public entities with different responsibilities within the provision of services to victims. Moving around the country visiting marginalized communities, the unit’s staff provide a range of services including the provision of information on victims’ rights, legal aid to enable victims to fil...

  • Tax Compliance of SMEs
    Last registered on August 21, 2017

    We present the design and pre-analysis plan for a randomized control trial evaluating the effects of randomized audit threats and moral appeals on tax compliance of small and medium sized firms in Bulgaria. True audit probabilities are randomly varied between treatments and communicated to the firms. In addition, we employ treatments in which firms receive mailings highlighting the importance of taxes and specifying the purpose of tax money. Similar to the treatments with varying audit probabilities, we also manipulate the strength of the moral appeals to taxpayers. We benchmark our findings in the different treatments against a control group which receives a neutral mail from the tax authorities.

  • More Than Money: Effects of Cash Transfer Narratives on Agency and Self-Investment
    Last registered on August 21, 2017

    This document describes the pre-analysis plan for a randomized experiment examining the effects of narratives accompanying unconditional cash transfers on self-concept and economic behavior. We provided one-time, unconditional cash transfers to residents of two informal settlements in Nairobi and randomly assign participants to receive one of three messages. Respondents will receive a non-binding message stating that the cash is intended for 1) poverty alleviation, 2) individual empowerment, or 3) community empowerment. We then collected self-reported measures of self-efficacy, stigma, and affect and behavioral measures of future-orientation, self-investment, and program support. This pre-analysis plan outlines our hypotheses, the schedule of experimental tasks, and our empirical strate...

  • Keeping College Options Open: A Field Experiment to Help All High School Seniors Through the College Application Process
    Last registered on August 18, 2017

    Recent research suggests that the college application process itself prevents access. This paper reports results from a large school-based experiment in which application assistance is incorporated into the high school curriculum for all graduating seniors at low-transition schools. Over three workshops, students were guided to pick programs of interest that they were eligible for, apply for real, and complete the financial aid application. The goal was to create a college option for exiting students to make the transition easier and more salient. On average, the program increased application rates from 64 to 78 per cent. College enrollment increased the following school year by 5.2 percentage points with virtually all of this increase in two-year community college programs. The greates...