AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1510 studies with locations in 115 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Indirect Utility Estimation
    Last registered on December 14, 2017

    This experiment attempts to test whether approximations of the indirect utility functions are indeed the same as the indirect utility function implied by the optimized goods -- how we value money prior to deciding what to purchase.

  • Individual vs group decision-making in the presence of (un)certain norms
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    Recent literature suggests that group decisions differ from individual decisions (e.g., Feri et al., 2010; Charness and Sutter, 2012). One reason for this pattern is that also social aspects within the group play a role, due to e.g. people hiding behind a group decision or their social image concerns. A different strand of literature considers the role of social norms for economic behavior. This literature shows that social norms matter for individual behavior in many spheres, including charitable giving, tax evasion and dishonesty (e.g., Frey and Meier, 2004; Hallsworth et al. 2017; Pruckner and Sausgruber, 2013). It further suggests that people are particularly prone to react to (information about) norms in presence of uncertainty about the norm (Feldhaus et al. forthcoming). The ...

  • Assessing the impact of hermetic storage on marketing behavior and livelihoods of rural households in Ethiopia
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    Introduction: To lift rural household out of poverty, improved market links and integration are. Most rural household produce most of their own food, during one agricultural season per year, so they need to store it to bridge the lean season and protect them from price fluctuations. Recent new technologies, in particular hermetic bags, offer new possibilities as they reduce losses from insects and fungi to almost none. The major benefit of the hermetic bags are, however, allowing farmers to store longer, as the risk of storage losses is removed. In the short run, they can store their cereals longer, and sell or consume them later in the season. In the longer run, they can invest more and increase the production of more susceptible but productive crops such as maize. By increasing pro...

  • Senegal Solar Lights Quality Assurance and Guarantee Impact Evaluation
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    In many sub-Saharan African economies, solar lighting product regulation is weak, with low-quality products being able to enter the market and mimic higher-quality products, resulting in distorted quality signals for buyers. Our baseline data show that consumers have difficulties in differentiating between good quality and bad quality technologies. The consequence is an inflated demand for the latter (i.e., there exists market spoilage) and potential welfare loss (Schmalensee, 1982; Wilde, 1981). The proposed study has two objectives. First, it aims to examine pilot interventions aimed to overcome the problem of imperfect information faced by Senegalese consumers when choosing among different lighting products. We test whether pilot interventions can close the consumer’s information g...

  • Biased income expectations and debt taking
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    The aim of this experiment is to test whether biased income expectations due to overconfidence lead to higher levels of debt-taking. We exogenously vary subject’s income expectation by letting income depend on relative performance (rank) in hard and easy quiz tasks. The so called “hard easy gap” leads us to expect that subjects have higher income expectations in the easy task than in the hard task. Before subjects receive feedback on their income they can make consumption decisions using a loan. In a third treatment we assign income randomly in order to assess how much debt subjects take out when they have unbiased information over expected income. Additionally we measure subject’s risk preferences, self-control, and financial literacy.

  • Leadership in Non-Routine Analytical Tasks
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    In this study, we investigate the effect of leadership functions on team performance in non-routine, analytical team tasks. We use a field setup in which groups of teams work on a non-routine analytical team task to stimulate certain functions of leadership and compare it to situations in which these functions are not stressed. The task makes teams face complex and novel problems, it is analytical and cognitively demanding as teams need to collect and recombine information which requires to think outside the box to succeed, and it is interactive as team members have to collaborate, discuss possible actions, and develop ideas jointly with their team members.

  • Does the provision of information on outcomes of local governments improve political accountability?
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    Does the provision of information on outcomes of local governments improve political accountability? In this project we study, first, whether the provision of information on the performance of local public schools by incumbent politicians affects political outcomes (i.e. turnout and vote for the incumbent) and, second, whether there are heterogeneous by different ways of providing information, i. e. with different benchmarks. We test this in the context of Chile, where (i) the provision of public education depends on locally elected governments and (ii) there are reliable data on educational outcomes. The experiment consists in sending an information letter to voters in randomly selected voting booths one week before local elections, to be held in October 23, 2016. The letters contai...

  • Housing First: a new approach to help homeless people in Barcelona
    Last registered on December 13, 2017

    The Barcelona City council launched in 2015 a Housing First pilot programme to test a new approach to help homeless people in the city. The pilot programme, similar to other Housing First programmes, provides secure housing to long-term rough sleepers with no housing readiness requirements. Complementary socio-educative support is also offered to help them integrate into society. The pilot seeks to test the effectivity of the Housing First approach in Barcelona in relation to its objectives. The experimental design of the programme will allow randomly selecting participants from the target population (long-term rough sleepers in Barcelona) and comparing their outcomes to those who have not been selected to participate. The evaluation aims to understand whether the Housing First programm...

  • The Development of Social Preferences: Experimental Evidence from China.
    Last registered on December 12, 2017

    We study in a controlled experiment how a representative group of adults in China make distributive choices for children, and how their choices vary with the age of the children. The experimental design allows us to identify causally how adults' distributive choices depend on the age of the children, which sheds light on how a society treats children of different ages.

  • Preferences for redistribution and perceptions of inequality in Australia
    Last registered on December 11, 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).

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