AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1350 studies with locations in 107 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Charitable giving trials linked to ESSExLab recruiting and omnibus: i. Crowding out (does one contribution/appeal come at the expense of another?) ii. Do people commit more before a win (conditionally on winning) or after a win? iii. Does the opportunity to donate boost reported happiness (and vice/versa). Associated instrument: Beliefs and attitudes towards starting salaries. [Registered later (but before 30 July implementation): Further trials via the Prolific platform (30 July, 1 August 2017)]
    Last registered on August 18, 2017

    This is a field experiment in the context of a recruitment drive for the ESSExLab (University of Essex, Colchester). A sample of local participants, drawn from a marketing database, are being paid to join the ESSExLab database as participants, and again to take the Omnibus survey. A sample of already-registered ESSExLab participants (henceforth "Student subjects", although a small share of these are university staff and local residents) are also being paid to take the Omnibus, and again to take an Employability survey. Within these contexts we are running experiments into charitable giving following our previous research, and related research by other authors. See in particular https://davidreinstein.wordpress.com/research-and-publications/ - "Giving and Probability" (Kellner, R...

  • Discrimination Against the Entrepreneurs and Ethinc Minorities: Field Experiment in Russia.
    Last registered on August 18, 2017

    We provide a correspondence field experiment to assess the labor discrimination against entrepreneurs and ethnic minorities in Russia.

  • An Impact Evaluation of the Introduction of a New Woman’s Condom on Overall Condom Use in Urban Lusaka, Zambia
    Last registered on August 17, 2017

    A third generation, premium female condom called the Maximum Diva Woman’s condom will be marketed in Lusaka, Zambia in November 2015. The Maximum Diva Woman’s Condom is a new type of female condom that provides non-hormonal protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. With the introduction of this new product, the question arises regarding whether the availability and promotion of the Maximum Diva Woman’s Condom will increase overall condom use. This study will evaluate the effect of introducing a new female condom to the Zambian market, a mass media campaign, and interpersonal communication intervention on the prevalence of female condom use and prevalence of overall condom use. Specifically, the study will examine the effect of these two approaches o...

  • CDGP Nutrition Intervention
    Last registered on August 17, 2017

    The Child Development Grants Programme (CGDP) will pilot a cash transfer programme that will focus on removing the food security and financial barriers to improving nutrition. The programme will operate in rural areas of two states in Nigeria: Jigawa and Zamfara. By providing cash to poor women, it is expected that the programme will enable them to buy more and better quality food and also to spend money on education and health. The project, which will be implemented by Save the Children (SC) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) will provide a child development grant (CDG) of approximately 3,500 Naira (£14) a month to mothers, from the time they are confirmed to be pregnant until the child is two years old. The design of the evaluation is such that there will be a control group, a firs...

  • jobFirst
    Last registered on August 16, 2017

    The intervention is aimed at long term recipients of welfare. It consists of attempts to place them in a job-training situation first and then simultaneously work with any other problems (physical or mental health, everyday coping, substance abuse, behavioral, crime, etc.) they might have. The aim is to increase their employment rates / hours worked per week and to ensure that as many as possible receive work-focused interventions (i.e. interventions taking place at an ordinary workplace). Eligible workers in 17 municipalities are randomized into treatment and control groups since March 1 - 2016 until Dec 31 2016. Data collection will be from admin registers combined with intervention specific registers and will be sent to researcher late 2017/early 2018.

  • Fostering financial literacy and behavior: Experimental evidence on financial education among small scale retailers in rural Uganda
    Last registered on August 16, 2017

    Financial education interventions have become widespread in recent years and seek to strengthen the financial knowledge and behavior of consumers and small-scale entrepreneurs. However, recent systematic reviews of the literature (Fernandes et al. 2014; Miller et al. 2015) question the effectiveness of such programs to target individual financial behavior. Recent experiments go beyond estimations of average treatment effects of a single program, but complement these findings with evidence on orthogonal treatments designed to study the causal mechanism behind these interventions. However, the role of differential pedagogical approaches and design is a surprisingly underresearched issue in the financial education literature. This cluster-randomized field experiment evaluates the comparati...

  • The impact of diagnostic feedback on differentiated instruction: Experimental evidence from India
    Last registered on August 15, 2017

    There is mounting evidence suggesting that there is considerable heterogeneity in student preparation in primary schools in India. The largest education non-profit in India, Pratham, developed a pedagogical approach called "Teaching at the Right Level" (TaRL) that provides differentiated instruction to primary schoolchildren to address heterogeneity in preparation. However, persuading teachers to change business-as-usual instruction to incorporate this--or any other--method of differentiated instruction is challenging. Therefore, it seems worth understanding whether making the results of the assessments of basic reading and arithmetic skills more salient to teachers, and signaling the government’s commitment to improving these results, would encourage teachers to adopt TaRL on their own...

  • Ex-Ante Pareto, Ex-Post Egalitarianism, and Dominance: A large-scale experiment with a nationally representative population
    Last registered on August 15, 2017

    The appropriate role of paternalistic behavior is a key issue in the political debate about the relationship between the state and its citizens. Should the state institute mandatory retirement savings, require motorcyclists to wear helmets or refuse to enforce certain types of contracts?Or should the government aim to influence choices in less intrusive ways? Questions about the legitimate role of paternalism are also at the heart of many interpersonal relationships. The goal of this project is to study people’s willingness to act paternalistically and distribute income equally between two workers when the workers themselves have chosen a risky payment scheme leading to unequal payments.

  • Federal Court Mediation Study
    Last registered on August 14, 2017

    Despite the centrality of court adjudication to the rule of law, and of court-connected mediation programs to court adjudication, there has never been a well-executed and exhaustive study of mediation’s costs and benefits. This randomized control trial (“RCT”) of a court-connected mediation program, has taken place in an environment unusually hostile to evidence-based thinking, namely, the United States federal court system. Multiple outcome variables directly relevant to mediation’s alleged justifications will be measured. The RCT is critical to a resource allocation dispute ongoing within the federal judiciary, which has indicated its desire for more such evidence, and it will serve as a model for court systems in the United States and abroad.

  • How Do Parents Make Choices? Competitiveness and Gender
    Last registered on August 14, 2017

    Parents make many choices for their children throughout childhood and adolescence. Parents' choices may be important in shaping children's outcomes and personality, yet the topic has received little attention in prior research. I study parents' competitiveness choices for their adolescent children. I conduct experiments on parents and children (age 15), where parents make a real competitiveness choice for their child, and children also make their own competitiveness choices. The experimental data is combined with administrative data on parents' income and education, and children's education.