Personality tests and entrepreneurship

Last registered on March 31, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Personality tests and entrepreneurship
Initial registration date
March 31, 2023

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
March 31, 2023, 11:23 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

Stanford University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
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Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
The study provides a methodological contribution to the circumstances under which personality tests can be used effectively in the context of supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries. It tests whether personality tests are valid in these contexts and assesses the degree to which individuals are able and willing to “fake” their personality test results. Furthermore, the study tests whether gender differences in honesty and stereotype threat affect outcomes of otherwise equally qualified individuals and evaluates the extent to which the use of high cognitive load can reduce “faking” and any gender-based disadvantage in the use of personality tests.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Zempleni, Reka. 2023. "Personality tests and entrepreneurship." AEA RCT Registry. March 31.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Entrepreneurial score and Honesty
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Online survey with an RCT approach. (Details hidden)
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Qualtrics software
Randomization Unit
Individual participants.
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Individual units are used, no clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 300 from each of the three sources.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1/9: evaluation then honest (control)
2/9: honest then evaluation
2/9: incentivized
2/9: incentivized with cognitive load
2/9: incentivized to appear
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Non-Medical Research of Stanford University
IRB Approval Date
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