Advice Taking and Gender

Last registered on May 26, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Advice Taking and Gender
Initial registration date
May 17, 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
May 24, 2023, 12:03 PM EDT

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

Last updated
May 26, 2023, 10:51 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.


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Primary Investigator

University of Chicago

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Chicago

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Using an online laboratory experiment, this study investigates the impact of advisor-advisee gender match on advisee's propensity to follow advice as well as their test choice (math vs verbal).
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Ersoy, Fulya and Derek Rury. 2023. "Advice Taking and Gender." AEA RCT Registry. May 26.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Whether a subject choose the non-stereotypical test in the advisee experiment
Whether a subject follows advice in the advisee experiment
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Whether a subject choose the non-stereotypical test in the advisee experiment (math test is the non-stereotypical test for females and verbal test is the non-stereotypical test for males)
Whether a subject follows advice in the advisee experiment (defined as choice of advisee being the same with the advice of the advisor)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Advice given in the advisor experiment
Test scores in the second part test in the advisee experiment
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Advisor Experiment: Advisors will take a test in which they will answer some math and verbal questions. Then, they will give advice to the other participants of the research study on whether they should choose to complete the math portion or the verbal portion of the test. Their advice will be provided to another participant of the research study.

Advisee Experiment: Advisees will answer 4 math and verbal questions. Then, they will be given a choice between choosing math or verbal portion of a new but similar test. Some of these advisees will receive advice on what to do before they make their choice. Advisor characteristics will be orthogonal to the advice received.

Both advisor experiment and advisee experiment are incentivized.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by qualtrics
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization; some of the randomization that takes place is within subject and some of it is across subject.
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 advisors, 1000 advisees

sample stratified based on gender.
Sample size: planned number of observations
200 advisors, 1000 advisees
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms

Advisee Experiment: 200 in treatment 1, 200 in treatment 2, 400 in treatment 3, 400 in treatment 4. (there is another randomization across treatments 2-4 and another two randomizations across treatments 1-4).
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Chicago Social & Behavioral Sciences
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
IRB Name
Loyola Marymount University
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
2023 SP 47-R