AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1504 studies with locations in 115 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Demand-driven, private sector enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh
    Last registered on December 11, 2017

    Weak states with poor institutions often do not have the capacity to implement and/or to enforce labor regulations aimed at improving working conditions. Increasingly, private actors have started enforcing labor standards in these countries, but the effects of their interventions on local firms and workers is currently unknown. This paper partners with a set of multinational retail and apparel firms to enforce local labor laws on their suppliers in Bangladesh. Specifically, I design and implement a randomized controlled trial with Bangladeshi garment factories, randomly enforcing a local labor law on supplier establishments. I aim to measure the impacts of this intervention on factories’ compliance levels and productivity as well as on workers’ welfare. I have also designed the interven...

  • Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Sleep Deprivation Among the Urban Poor
    Last registered on December 11, 2017

    The urban poor in developing countries are tired: noise, heat, pain, and physical discomfort all interfere with their sleep. Low-income adults in Chennai, India, sleep on average just over five hours a night (based on our pilot studies). How does insufficient sleep affect how these individuals think, work, and make decisions? Can simple and scalable interventions improve sleep among the poor in a cost-effective way? We investigate these questions in a field experiment in Chennai. The randomized controlled trial aims to: (i) evaluate three interventions (devices to improve the home sleep environment; incentives to sleep more; naps at work) to improve sleep among the urban poor; (ii) estimate the causal impact of improved sleep on cognitive function, health, and economic outcomes.

  • Impact of disbursing microfinance loans on mobile money accounts
    Last registered on December 11, 2017

    Microcredit recipients, and the poor more generally, often report that barriers to productive investment include temptation spending and the pressure to share money with family, with the latter being particularly problematic for women. This study will use a randomized experiment in partnership with the Ugandan branch of the microcredit organization BRAC to evaluate the economic effects of expanding the financial access of female microcredit borrowers through the provision of mobile money accounts. It will test the behavioural hypothesis that the integration of mobile money accounts and microfinance loans increases the economic benefits of the loans by facilitating business investment and saving. By keeping business funds separate from household funds both mentally and physically, mobile...

  • Designing Performance Indicators for Career Incentives
    Last registered on December 10, 2017

    In this study, we test theoretical predictions in the contract theory and personnel economics literature that subjective performance evaluations could suffer from two major issues: (1) delegation to an evaluating leader could induce favoritism and influence activities, which could be solved by creating ex ante uncertainty in the identity of the evaluating leader; and (2) principal and agent could have misaligned beliefs about the agent's performance, which could be solved by creating timely feedback between them. We partner with provincial governments in Henan Province and Guangdong Province in China, and conduct a field experiment by randomly imposing different evaluation schemes to 4000 College Graduates Village Officials (CGVOs) in these two provinces. Having informed each CGVO at ...

  • The Short and Long-term Effects of Hunger on Behavioral Outcomes, Labor Productivity, and Economic Decision-making
    Last registered on December 10, 2017

    While many of the world’s poor consume inadequate amount of calories and consume calories with low nutritional value, there has been little work on how this may shape their behaviors. Using a lab-in-the-field and field experiment settings in the context of a floriculture plant in Ethiopia, this study investigates the short and the long-term effects of nutrition on labor productivity and economic decision-making by randomly providing nutritious filling snacks to workers. To explain the mechanism through which this relationship might exist, I examine to what extent hunger alleviation affects individual’s prosociality, attention, stress, and physical ability. By examining behavioral outcomes related to productivity and economic decision-making, this study shifts the focus from how nutritio...

  • Manager preferences, goal setting and firm performance: Insights from a randomized field experiment
    Last registered on December 08, 2017

    An emerging strand of literature suggests that managers matter. Bertrand and Schoar (2003) focus on managerial fixed effects in driving corporate policies. Other studies explore the link between managerial overconfidence and firm behavior (Malmendier and Tate, 2005, 2008); and between CEO’s characteristics in private equity firms with outcome success (Kaplan, Klebanov, and Sorensen, 2010). Along this line, we aim to explore the two following related questions. The first question focuses on the link between manager’s preferences i.e., risk and time preferences and firm’s performance. Specifically, we want to know whether the manager’s tendency to deviate from rationality i.e., manager’s behavioral problems due to loss aversion and present bias have a negative impact on firm’s performance...

  • How Do We Trade Off Resources Between High and Low Ability Learners?
    Last registered on December 08, 2017

    What do people consider a fair distribution of educational resources between high and low ability children? To what extent do people let efficiency considerations and motivation levels matter when making this trade-off? I study this experimentally, using a novel design implemented on a representative sample of 2000 Americans. The participants distribute one-to-one tutoring between students who learn quickly and students who take more time and learn slower. To study underlying mechanisms, I use a between-design and include treatments where I vary the relative price of tutoring for the two groups of learners, as well as the relative motivation level between the learners.

  • Impact of participation in a farming contract on rice farmers’ livelihood in Benin: A Randomized Control Trial approach
    Last registered on December 07, 2017

    In the last five years, contract farming has become an increasingly common way for small producers in developing countries to ensure the supply of inputs, obtain new technologies, and gain access to markets. While these three elements are important to increasing productivity in developing country agricultural, little knowledge exists regarding 1) which element is most vital to the agent (farmer), 2) which is most vital to the principal, 3) and what are the relevant welfare impacts on both sides. In this project, we will work with a local NGO to develop and offer three different types of contracts designed to provide answers to these questions. Rice farming is relatively new to Benin and productivity there lags behind productivity levels in Asia. Government, policy analysts, NGOs, dev...

  • Preferences for redistribution and perceptions of inequality in Australia
    Last registered on December 06, 2017

    This project explores whether preferences for redistribution in Australia are reduced because people underestimate the level of inequality and overestimate the degree of social mobility. Studying these concepts interactively is consistent with a number of seminal models and provides important additional insight. This research will be conducted through an online experiment in Australia whereby ‘information interventions’ about inequality, mobility and a respondent's place in the distribution are provided to randomly selected treatment groups to see the impact on their preferences for redistribution. These information interventions are motivated by misperceptions of inequality and mobility that were revealed in a 2014 nationally representative survey (Norton et al, 2014).

  • Detecting lying on the individual level? Revisiting the die-under-the-cup paradigm.
    Last registered on December 06, 2017

    Fischbacher and Foellmi-Heusi (2013) introduced the die-rolling task to investigate lying behavior in the laboratory. Subjects are asked to roll a 6-sided die in private and report the number they rolled. The higher the number they report, the more money they gain, unless it is a 6, which leads to a payoff of zero. Since the actual result of the die roll cannot be observed by the experimenter, there is an incentive to cheat by reporting a higher number and thereby getting a higher payoff. An important aspect of this approach is that lying can only be detected on the aggregate, but not on the individual level by comparing the observed distribution with the uniform distribution of a die roll. The advantage is that potential demand effects are reduced and that real lying behavior can be ob...