AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1144 studies with locations in 106 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Examining the impact and cost-effectiveness of supplementary math courses with a focus on girls on Benin
    Last registered on March 28, 2017

    In Benin, as elsewhere in the world, education of girls lags behind that of boys in a number of dimensions, e.g. enrollment, promotion and graduation rates. While these measures have seen some improvement in the recent years, they do not guarantee that neither girls nor boys obtain quality education. One area where quality of education is especially critical, particularly for girls, is numeracy skills, as a solid quantitative foundation could highly increase their post-secondary education paths and employment prospects. Notwithstanding the importance of these skills, Beninese teachers are insufficiently trained in science subjects and are overburdened with work. Temporary supplementary teachers who have been trained to provide math classes and who can spend three months at a school repr...

  • Financial Incentives and Student Achievement: Evidence from Randomized Trials
    Last registered on March 28, 2017

    This paper describes a series of school-based field experiments in over 200 urban schools across three cities designed to better understand the impact of financial incentives on student achievement. In Dallas, students were paid to read books. In New York, students were rewarded for performance on interim assessments. In Chicago, students were paid for classroom grades. Researchers estimate that the impact of financial incentives on state test scores is statistically zero, in each city. Due to a lack of power, however, researchers cannot rule out the possibility of effect sizes that would have positive returns on investment. The only statistically significant effect is on English speaking students in Dallas. The paper concludes with a speculative discussion of what might account for int...

  • Financial Incentives for Students, Parents, and Teachers in Houston, Texas
    Last registered on March 28, 2017

    Researchers conduct a randomized field experiment in fifty public schools, where students, parents, and teachers were rewarded with financial incentives for mastering mathematics objectives. On outcomes for which researchers provided direct incentives, there were large and statistically significant treatment effects. These behaviors translated into increases in math achievement and decreases in reading achievement. Two full years after removing the incentives, students with high baseline test scores have statistically positive treatment effects in math and no deleterious impact on reading achievement. In stark contrast, students with low baseline test scores show no impacts in math and statistically negative effects in reading. To better understand these findings, researchers develop an...

  • The Effects of TF-CBT and Wraparound Services on Disadvantaged Youth: Experimental Evidence
    Last registered on March 28, 2017

    The paper evaluates a new intervention seeking to address the problem of youth violence. Choose to Change (C2C) is a program that combines trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy with wraparound services. This is the first time that these services are being offered together and rigorously evaluated. C2C will serve 440 at-risk youth during the years 2015-2017 in various neighborhoods of the South Side of Chicago. As there is little definitive evidence on the effectiveness of intensive services programs for high-risk youth, identifying programs that are successful with this population is a key policy priority for many cities across the country.

  • Gender and Asymmetric Bargaining
    Last registered on March 28, 2017

    The gender wage gap is still a real and not fully understood phenomenon. Recently, there has been a shift from more classical explanations to more behavioral explanations. Following this line, it has been argued that gender differences in the propensity to negotiate and in the actual behavior when negotiating can explain a sizable part of the observed gender wage gap. For example, Card et al. (2016) found that 8% of the existing gender wage gap in Portugal could be explained by men and women behaving differently on these aspects. One underexplored issue is that of gender interaction effects under asymmetric bargaining situations with one bargaining party being in a stronger position than the other. For example, Hernandez-Arenaz and Iriberri (2017) used data from a TV show with lar...

  • Supply Chain Development for Sanitation in Tanzania
    Last registered on March 27, 2017

    In rural Tanzania, approximately 80% of the population has access to some sort of basic latrine, though the majority of these latrines do not meet the UNICEF-WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) definitions of improved. The low quality of most rural sanitation facilities contributes to poor public health and, thereby, hinders economic growth. To address these concerns, the Government of Tanzania launched the National Sanitation Campaign to increase the proportion of rural households with improved sanitation. Latrine slabs (SanPlats) were designed at relatively low-cost and introduced to provide a smooth, easily cleaned, and safe opening for pit latrines. Several sanitation campaigns have promoted demand for SanPlats; however, efficient systems for supplying SanPlats currently do not e...

  • Improving tax compliance: deductions for work related expenses in income tax returns filed through tax agents
    Last registered on March 26, 2017

    Australians can claim income tax deductions when they incur costs in the course of earning income (e.g., vehicle and other work-related travel costs). Work related expenses are the most common deduction claimed by Australians. In 2014-15 total claims amounted to a total of $21 billion. The majority of Australian taxpayers that claim work-related expenses in their income tax returns lodge these forms through a registered tax agent. This trial, delivered in collaboration with the Australian Tax Office (ATO), will test a new method, informed by behavioural insights, aimed at supporting Australians to lodge accurate work related expense claims. The trial will test the effectiveness of a letter sent to tax agents reminding them the ATO has a data analytics system that identifies larger-th...

  • Estimating the Demand for Entrepreneurship Programs: Experimental Evidence from Jamaica.
    Last registered on March 26, 2017

    The goal of this project is to understand whether it is possible and desirable to charge a positive price for business-training programs. We elicit willingness to pay for a course for entrepreneurs in Jamaica. First, we estimate the demand schedule for the program. Second, we study whether willingness to pay can act as a screening device to select those entrepreneurs who would benefit the most from participation in training programs. Third, we test whether there is a sunk-cost effect by which those who pay a higher price for the program exercise more effort (attend the training more regularly) and achieve higher returns. This project is relevant to understand whether we can increase the effect of business-training programs by targeting, and whether providers can achieve financial sustai...

  • Incentivizing Self-Control
    Last registered on March 25, 2017

    We give students the possibility to select a goal grade for their course. Students are told that if they reach their goal grade or higher, they will be paid a prize. We will compare the chosen goals with their past grades and with the goals selected by another group of students who are not incentivized. Finally, we will test whether such incentivized goals have any impact in the students' course performance with respect to a group that chose non-incentivized goals and a control group.

  • Every child counts! Towards a scalable curriculum for early mathematics.
    Last registered on March 25, 2017

    The performance of primary schools in developing countries is weak, especially for the poor. This can be partly attributed to initial differences, which are later magnified by the school system (Banerjee & Duflo, 2011). The massive expansion in school attendance in developing countries has not been matched by increases in school achievement for the poor. In India, 75% of children in grade five cannot perform simple arithmetic and 53% cannot read a grade-two level paragraph (ASER: Pratham, 2013). Because poor children have especially weak preparation for school but strong non-symbolic numerical and geometrical abilities (Spelke, 2011), preschool is a promising time to intervene, with little established curricula. Yet, there is little evidence on effective school-readiness curricula for ...