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AEA RCT Registry currently lists 1080 studies with locations in 104 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Grass-roots Entrepreneurship Education & Pro-Poor Enterprise Development
    Last registered on February 22, 2017

    This study provides a randomized impact evaluation of the "Grass-roots Entrepreneurship Education & Pro-Poor Enterprise Development" program that was implemented in Myanmar in 2014-2016. The training program is unique in focusing on helping participants explore new entrepreneurial opportunities in their existing business or in starting a new business. The program also takes into consideration the evidence from recent evaluations of microenterprise training programs, by providing intensive, multi-month training, making the program engaging and relevant, and incorporating elements of mentorship and customized advice. Hence the study provides evidence on the impacts of an entrepreneurship-oriented, intensive training program in a country experiencing rapid political and economic change.

  • Gender and Asymmetric Bargaining
    Last registered on February 22, 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...

  • Limited Insurance Within the Household in Kenya
    Last registered on February 22, 2017

    In developing countries, unexpected income shocks are common but informal insurance is typically incomplete. An important question is therefore whether risk-sharing within the household is effective. This paper presents results from a field experiment with 142 married couples in Kenya in which individuals were given random income shocks. Even though the shocks were small relative to lifetime income, men increase private consumption when they receive the shock but not when their wives do, a rejection of efficiency. Such behavior is not specific to the experiment - both spouses spend more on themselves when their labor income is higher.

  • Increasing students' aspirations: the impact of a role model on students' educational attainment
    Last registered on February 22, 2017

    This project involves randomised screenings of an aspirations-building film to secondary school students before their national exams. The film is called Queen of Katwe and is a biographical film, based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, about the rise of a poverty stricken Ugandan girl to become a world chess champion. The film therefore offers a potential role model to young Ugandan students about working hard to achieve their dreams and overcoming challenges. A growing body of behavioural economics research suggests that people’s aspirations and sense of control over their lives may be beaten down over time by the very difficult nature of living in poverty. Providing an example of a successful peer as a role model may help to create new mental models at a crucial decision point i...

  • Evaluating smallholder livelihoods and sustainability in Indonesian coffee and cocoa value chains
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    According to the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI), Indonesia had about 1.2 million hectares in coffee production in 2012, 96% of which is managed by smallholder farmers (ICCRI, 2012). ICCRI estimates that the number of smallholder farmers working in the Indonesian coffee sector reached 1.97 million in 2012, with an average of 0.6 ha of land ownership per farmer. According to the 2014 State of Sustainability Initiatives Report, about 11% of Indonesia’s coffee production is certified organic or to a recognized sustainability standard (notably Starbucks C.A.F.E Practices, UTZ Certified, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, or 4C). This study is carried out in the Semendo region in South Sumatra. According to local government data (BPS, 2015), 15,440 ha of land in Semend...

  • A Cluster Randomized Control Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Integrated Sanitation and Nutrition Program in Kitui County, Kenya.
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    While sanitation and nutrition interventions are both associated with better sanitation and nutrition outcomes, these interventions are usually implemented separately. There is limited evidence of programming that has jointly impacted both sanitation and nutrition outcomes. This study seeks to identify the causal impact of an integrated sanitation and nutrition program on knowledge and practices of sanitation and nutrition behaviours in Kitui County, Kenya. Villages will be randomly assigned to either receive the standard Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) program or an integrated CLTS+Nutrition intervention. Outcomes of interest include household-level observations of: 1) sanitation practices, including toilet use, handwashing, courtyard cleanliness, child diarrhoea and correct disp...

  • Behavioral Effects of Priming Aid Dependence
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    While economists, policymakers, and other researchers have studied the effects of foreign aid on government processes and macroeconomic variables, few have explored the individual-level psychological effects of living in a country that is heavily dependent on foreign assistance. In this study, we randomly assigned residents of informal settlements in Kenya to one of three priming treatments in a laboratory setting. The treatments either primed the belief that Kenya is dependent on foreign aid, that Kenya is self-sufficient, or neither belief. The primes consisted of a screensavers, a short video presentation, and a writing task. After the primes, we measured their effects on honesty, effort provision, and a number of psychological variables. This document outlines the econometric method...

  • Mental Accounting and Savings Decisions of the Poor
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    Most of the poor receive their income in cash and they seem to readily spend it instead of saving some of it. Offering commitment devices to overcome present bias or sending reminders to tackle inattention and forgetfulness only seem to yield modest improvements. In particular, usage levels of formal savings account usually remain low. What if the act itself, depositing the cash into the account or handing it over to the loan officer is associated with non-monetary costs that prevents individuals from saving? Based on a literature that shows reduced spending levels when cash is the means of transaction, I hypothesize that a "cash-in-hand" effect also exists for savings, i.e. individuals become attached to their cash and are reluctant to 'give it away' to save it. I test this hypothesis ...

  • Overcoming the Planning Fallacy: Evidence from Online Education
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of planning tools on course completion and retention at a large not-for-profit online university. In particular, this research will examine whether students who complete a detailed study calendar and receive reminders about their study and course-completion plans complete more course credits and are more likely to re-enroll in courses than students who do not create a calendar or receive study reminders. This study will also examine whether students who, in addition to creating calendars and receiving reminders, also receive follow-up from mentors experience additional academic performance. In addition to identifying practical tools that could help online students achieve greater academic success, this study will inform whether proble...

  • Opening Prosperity Mexico: Socio-emotional trial
    Last registered on February 21, 2017

    There has been a recent research growth in the intersection between health and behavioral economics. Some of this research has looked into the importance of the framing of the information delivered. Most of this work has focused on emphasizing the positive or negative effects of specific behaviors (e.g. quit smoking, improve diet, take a specific treatment, etc.). In this trial we will test framing in a different sense: encouraging beneficiaries to increase their effort without referring to the benefits or detriments of not following a specific action. As part of a government pilot program called Prospera Digital, pregnant women and mothers with babies less than two years old receive personalized SMS with healthcare information. Our trial consists on making a small variation to the pilo...