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Identifying and Easing Constraints on Microenterprise Location within Kampala, Uganda

Last registered on December 13, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Identifying and Easing Constraints on Microenterprise Location within Kampala, Uganda
Initial registration date
December 08, 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
December 13, 2022, 11:20 PM EST

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



Primary Investigator

Tufts University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
This project asks whether microentrepreneurs in Kampala, Uganda can increase profits by locating elsewhere within the city, and if so, then whether liquidity or information frictions constrain a firm’s ability to relocate. The experiment randomly allocates conditional and unconditional cash grants of equivalent value, where the conditional grant is available to those microentrepreneurs moving from their current business location to an alternative location. Both the conditional and unconditional cash treatment will be cross-randomized with an information treatment that provides business owners with information about profit dispersion within the city.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Pelnik, Carolyn. 2022. "Identifying and Easing Constraints on Microenterprise Location within Kampala, Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. December 13.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Business revenue, business income, business investment, business location, business productivity, take-up of conditional cash grant, knowledge of profit dispersion within city
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Firms will be randomly allocated to the control, conditional cash grant group, or unconditional cash grant group. Each of these arms is cross-randomized with information provision, where firms are given information about how business profits vary by location across the city.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2880 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
2880 firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
360 firms in control, 360 firms in information only, 720 firms in conditional cash grant only, 720 firms in conditional cash grant with information, 360 firms in unconditional cash grant only, 360 firms in unconditional cash grant with information
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Tufts University
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