AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1231 studies with locations in 106 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Evaluating the Effects of Entrepreneurship Edutainment in Egypt
    Last registered on May 22, 2017

    In Egypt, inequalities of opportunity in the labour market are critically high and are believed to be one of the causes for the current unrest in the country. In 2010, while the overall unemployment rate was 9%, it had reached 16.6% and 55.8% respectively for men and women between 20 and 24 (ILO, statistics). Both theoretical and anecdotal evidence suggest that fostering youth entrepreneurship may be an adequate policy to tackle these issues. In particular, while 53.6% of young Egyptians express a preference for having their own business over a salaried job, only 1.2% are self-employed due to credit constraints and a lack of business information (Population Council, 2009). However there is still little robust evidence showing a causal impact of programs promoting entrepreneurship on lab...

  • Impact Evaluation of a Large Scale Female Entrepreneurship Program in Mexico
    Last registered on May 22, 2017

    : The purpose of this project is to evaluate an innovative pilot program to improve the performance of female micro entrepreneurs in Mexico. This program is funded by the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM). The intervention is Mujeres Moviendo México, a program explicitly conceived as a large-scale pilot in five states, as the step before turning it into a national program, and it is implemented by Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales A.C. (CREA), a Mexican non-for-profit organization focused on providing business training and specialized services to female entrepreneurs in marginalized communities. Programs targeting micro businesses have become increasingly common in developing countries, particularly because micro enterprises employ a substantial fraction of ind...

  • The long-run effects of cash grants to the poor: Experimental evidence from an enterprise development program in Uganda
    Last registered on May 22, 2017

    From 2008 to 2012, Chris Blattman, Nathan Fiala, and Sebastian Martinez worked with the Government of Uganda (GoU), the World Bank, and the research non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to study one of the country’s largest development programs: the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). Under YOP, the government invited groups of roughly 20 underemployment young men and women to submit proposals for grants of roughly $8000, or $400 per person. This was one of the first randomized trials of a cash-based employment program in the world. YOP turned out to be one of the most effective employment programs on record, at least among the ones with rigorous evidence. Blattman, Fiala, and Martinez (2014) document that most grant recipients invested the cash in skills and materials, sta...

  • Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming Collective Action Problems
    Last registered on May 20, 2017

    We study the effect of social and financial incentives on communities' ability to overcome collective action problems. Our specific context is a sample of 107 villages (approximately 19,000 households) in rural Bangladesh, and the collective action problem we study is investment in hygienic latrines and their subsequent maintenance and use. We randomized (1) whether and what type of incentive was provided – a financial reward or a non-financial “social recognition” reward, and (2) whether and what type of verbal commitment the households were encouraged to make – a private pledge vs. a public pledge. We measure short-term (3 months) and medium-term (12-15 months) effects, and investigate the mechanisms behind the effects.

  • Entrepreneur Well-Being and Firm Outcomes in Urban Bangladesh
    Last registered on May 20, 2017

    This project explores the role of stress and time management strategies adopted by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) female owners in response to daily “shocks” in explaining profits and growth. To do this, I compare the impact of a stress-management cognitive-behavioural intervention with that of non-directive counselling on well-being, time use, managerial practices and firm outcomes among female entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. I hypothesise that daily hassles associated with both the nature of self-employment and social norms in Bangladesh interfere with entrepreneurial decision making and the adoption of managerial practices by women, and this, in turn, affects firm performance. Because previous research on managerial practices and firm performance has documented gender differences in...

  • Well-being, productivity and economic prospects of urban female workers in Bangladesh
    Last registered on May 20, 2017

    Urban environments are particularly stressful for employed women. The limited availability of support services and the behavioral prescription that women should care for their families in addition to be income-earners place a high burden on them. Research has shown that stress may affect worker productivity, thereby hindering the accumulation of other forms of human capital. This project aims to evaluate the relationship between psychological stress and productivity, attendance, and turnover among female garment workers in urban Bangladesh. We assess the effectiveness of teaching coping skills using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by scaling up an on-going pilot study. We also compare the impact of CBT with that of offering childcare services. We assess well-being by measuring the st...

  • The Effect of Physical Activity on Student Performance in College
    Last registered on May 19, 2017

    This project analyzes the effects of on-campus recreational sports and exercise on educational outcomes of university students. To identify causal effects, we randomize financial incentives to encourage students’ participation in on-campus sports and exercise. The incentives increased participation frequency by 0.26 times per week (47%) and improved grades by 0.14 standard deviations. This effect is primarily driven by male students and students at higher quantiles of the grade distribution. Results from survey data suggest that students substitute off-campus with on-campus physical activities during the day but do not significantly increase the overall frequency. Our findings suggest that students spend more time on campus and are better able to integrate studying and exercising, which...

  • Female voices, community choices: a randomized controlled trial to evaluate female-only Community Monitoring meetings
    Last registered on May 19, 2017

    Community monitoring of health services is an intervention designed to help communities reach consensus on areas of health service provision that need improvement, and to monitor the progress of underperforming health care providers. In December 2016, community monitoring was scaled-up in four health districts in North West (NW) Cameroon. The 84 health facilities included in the scale-up were randomized into two groups. The standard community monitoring protocol in which both men and women are invited to community meetings was implemented in the first 42 health facilities. In the second group of 42 facilities, only women from the community were invited to participate. During each community meeting, five health system indicators are selected as health system improvement priorities. The p...

  • Long-Term Diffusion and Impact of Flood-Tolerant Rice in India
    Last registered on May 19, 2017

    This is a follow-up on two experiments (2011, 2012) conducted to study the flood tolerant rice Swarna Sub-1. In both experiments, farmers in treatment villages were randomly selected to receive 5kg minikits of Swarna Sub-1 seeds. The study attempts to determine the long-run impact of the technology on farmers’ cultivation practices, household investment, welfare and on the local economy. (The original study is registered as AEARCTR-0000448.)

  • The Role of Social Signaling in Community Mass Deworming: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya
    Last registered on May 18, 2017

    Can social signaling incentivize adults to take up deworming treatment? Working with the Kenyan Government, we implement a new Community Deworming Program that offers free deworming treatment to adults and explicitly emphasizes the public good aspect of deworming. We test two types of social incentives in the form of colorful bracelets and ink that adults receive upon coming for deworming. Different to most incentives that are material or private in nature (e.g. food, cash transfers) the bracelets and ink make the decision to deworm or abstain from treatment observable and allow adults to signal to others that they contributed to protecting their community from worms. We further introduce a calendar as private incentive that is comparable in its consumption value to the bracelet but can...