Migration narratives and attitudes towards immigration

Last registered on November 30, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Migration narratives and attitudes towards immigration
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0010272
Initial registration date
November 29, 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
November 30, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

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

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
HEC Montréal

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2022-12-01
End date
2023-03-01
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
The research studies the effect of different narratives on perceptions and policy preferences towards migration among high school students in Rome. How do different narratives shape attitudes towards migrants? Are students more affected by narratives about in-group members or narratives about out-group members?
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Registration Citation

Citation
Florio, Erminia and Alessio Mirtini. 2022. "Migration narratives and attitudes towards immigration." AEA RCT Registry. November 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.10272-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We will administer high school students a survey focusing on the attitudes towards immigrants. Within the survey, students in treatment groups 1 and 2 will be told a migration story (from the point of view of an Italian and an Albanian, respectively) and we will assess how the different migration perspectives shape students attitudes towards immigrants.
Intervention Start Date
2022-12-01
Intervention End Date
2023-03-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Political preferences towards immigration and attitudes towards immigration; willingness to pay for migration charity.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Political preferences towards immigration are measured as: policy relevance of the immigration issue, positions on economic support to immigrants. Attitudes towards immigration: when an immigrant should be considered as country national, perception of immigration as a resource.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will propose the intervention to 12 schools in southern Rome and, based on the availability of schools, we will randomly select two first-year classes in each high school to participate in the survey (around 50 students per school). Through an individual randomization at the time of survey completion, students will be divided in the three groups above mentioned: the two treatment groups and the control group.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done via survey platform the day of the intervention.
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
12 schools, 2 (first year) classes per school,
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 high school students.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
200 students treatment 1, 200 students treatment 2, 200 students control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Assuming average intention to repatriate (proxy for bad attitudes towards immigration) is 0.28 (sd 0.45) - we calculated these data from Florio (2022), who collects data from a similar sample of students from Rome -, power of 0.8, a Type-I error of 0.05, we are able to detect a minimum effect of 0.13 or better.
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