AEA RCT Registry currently lists 437 studies with locations in 71 countries.

Most Recently Registered Trials

  • Welfare, Work, and Wellbeing: Evidence from an Informal Settlement in Kenya
    Last registered on August 27, 2015

    Governments have long relied on cash transfers and vouchers as key elements of social welfare systems. Consumer theory offers predictions about the impact of such programs on wellbeing and spending behavior, but there is little real-world evidence. In this paper, we outline the pre-analysis plan for a randomized field experiment to explore the effect of welfare program design on these two key outcomes. We specifically test three design features: 1) workfare versus welfare; 2) restricted versus unrestricted vouchers; and 3) voucher messaging with a focus on spending on oneself or on others. The ten-day experiment involved 432 individuals living below the poverty line in the Kawangware settlement of Nairobi, Kenya. Each day, subjects either sorted lentils or waited in a room for benefit p...

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  • Certifying skills of unemployed youths in South Africa
    Last registered on August 27, 2015

    This project tests two interventions to reduce information asymmetries in the low/medium-skill sector of the South African labor market. We invite unemployed youths, who registered with the South African Department of Labour, to one of two treatments: i) participants complete an aptitude test in English and Math and receive a certificates with the result, ii) provide job seekers with a reference letter template and encourage them to have it filled out by a previous employer.

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  • Study on mhealth and Reproductive Health in Teens (SMART)
    Last registered on August 23, 2015

    Despite the fact that 76% of females in Ghana have heard of at least one modern contraceptive method and 96% have heard of HIV/AIDS, this awareness has not translated into use of contraception. Recent studies show that use of modern contraception among female adolescents is very low: only about one-third of sexually experienced female adolescents used a condom the first time they had sex. The burden of sexually transmitted infections is high, with up to 20% of sexually active 15-19 year old girls reporting ever having symptoms. The Study on mhealth and Reproductive Health in Teens (SMART) is a randomized controlled trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive text-messaging program on improvement in reproductive health knowledge, communication, and attitudes among fema...

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  • What are the Barriers to Industrial Upgrading? Evidence from Pakistan
    Last registered on August 21, 2015

    A growing body of research suggests that innovation and quality improvements by manufacturing firms--which together we refer to as "industrial upgrading"--are key elements in the process of private enterprise development in low-income countries. It is widely recognized that industrial upgrading is not automatic: some sectors in some countries successfully move up the ladder to more technologically sophisticated, higher value-added products, and others fail to do so. To investigate the role of the high cost of high-quality inputs in constraining upgrading, we propose an experiment with soccer-ball producers in Sialkot, Pakistan. We will provide subsidies for an input, an artificial leather known as rexine, that is an important determinant of the quality of a soccer ball. The subsidie...

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  • Poverty and Cognitive Function
    Last registered on August 21, 2015

    This document describes the analysis plan for a randomized experiment examining the psychological effects of poverty on cognitive function. We will recruit 2000 respondents from Amazon Mechanical Turk and expose our treatment group to a prime that triggers feelings of poverty (Mani et al., 2013). Then, participants complete ten Raven progressive matrices and 75 items of a Stroop task. The design of the study is a replication of the study by (Mani et al., 2013). This plan outlines the design of the experiments, the outcomes of interest, the econometric approach and the dimensions of heterogeneity we intend to explore.

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  • Helping the Ultra-Poor Use Microcredit in Murshidabad, India
    Last registered on August 19, 2015

    This study reports the results of a randomized impact evaluation of a program designed to reach the poorest of the poor and elevate them out of extreme poverty. The program, which includes the direct transfer of productive assets (e.g. livestock) and additional training, was initially developed in Bangladesh, where it has reached thousands of beneficiaries, and is being piloted and studied in over seven countries. The results of this study, based on a pilot in India, indicate that this intervention succeeds in elevating the economic situation of the poorest. We find that the program results in a 15% increase in household consumption and has positive impacts on other measures of household wealth and welfare, such as assets and emotional well-being. Our results are consistent with the not...

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  • Financial Education vs. Access to Finance in Transnational Households
    Last registered on August 19, 2015

    The potential of international migration to provide immediate and large income gains to migrant households have generated interest in programs that can enhance its development impacts. We compare the impact of financial education with that of access to financial services and products, and measure complementarities between the two programs. The study population comprises of households in Cabanatuan, Philippines with a family member abroad. To establish a causal effect, we use random assignment of households to financial education sessions or access to financial services or both. The outcomes of interest are variables related to long-term financial security of transnational households where the migrant workers are mostly female. These include formal saving, remittance expenditures, borrow...

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  • Study of Training Program for Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving
    Last registered on August 18, 2015

    Motorized road transport is a leading cause of death through road injuries and vehicular air pollution. Training drivers to implement Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) techniques can potentially reduce safety risks, fuel costs, and pollution emissions. In partnership with a public sector bus transport corporation in Karnataka, India, we plan to randomly provide bus drivers with SAFED training and with financial incentives to achieve fuel efficiency targets. We will evaluate the impacts of these interventions on measures of safe driving and fuel efficiency.

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  • Using Behavioral Insights for Parental Engagement: The Parents and Children Together Intervention
    Last registered on August 17, 2015

    Research shows that cognitive development in early childhood is best promoted if parents create learning opportunities for their children in the home environment. In particular, reading aloud to children has many benefits. Unfortunately, many young low-income children in the U.S. are not read to on a regular basis. Many parents find it challenging to carve out time each day to engage with their children in educational activities, and parents’ busy lives make it hard to create and stick to a routine of reading and other learning activities. The PACT Study is a six-week experimental intervention developed for English and Spanish-speaking parents with children enrolled in Head Start programs in Chicago. Participating parents borrow an electronic tablet with an application call...

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  • Changing Beliefs, Changing Bribes
    Last registered on August 17, 2015

    This project investigates the effect of changing legal penalties, and citizens' beliefs about these penalties, on corruption. We focus on a single, clear case: the law against riding a motorcycle without a helmet in India, a setting where many citizens pay bribes instead of a formal ticket, and are unsure of the true legal fine. We randomly inform motorcyclists of the true legal penalty using private information campaigns. The intervention spans a major policy change, during which the fine for riding without a helmet will increase by 500%, allowing us to capture time series variation in how bribes respond to legal changes. Our results, both on the process of bribery as well as on the degree of law-breaking and police enforcement seek to provide new insights into the underlying mechanism...

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