Name Discrimination

Last registered on September 27, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Name Discrimination
Initial registration date
September 22, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
September 27, 2022, 11:43 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.


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Primary Investigator

Middlebury College

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Stellenbosch University

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
We experimentally test for hiring discrimination based on applicants’ names. We first employ workers for a transcription task and record their productivity and first names. We then recruit a nationally representative sample for a hiring experiment and elicit their beliefs regarding characteristics of workers with these names and record participants hiring decisions.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Abel, Martin and Rulof Burger. 2022. "Name Discrimination." AEA RCT Registry. September 27.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Beliefs about worker characteristics.
Hiring decisions.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomly assign hiring managers names of worker pairs for the belief elicitation and pairs of workers for the hiring decision.

In addition, we randomly assign the decision time available to hiring managers and whether workers receive a bonus for being hired.

More details are provided in the pre-analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by survey software
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1500 participants
Sample size: planned number of observations
1500 participants make 10 hiring decisions each resulting in 15,000 hiring decisions.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Worker names / pairs are randomized in equal proportion to hiring managers.

2/3 of hiring managers are assigned to the long decision time. 1/3 to the short decision time.

2/3 are assigned to no worker bonus. 1/3 are assigned to the worker bonus.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Middlebury College
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan

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