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A Randomized Impact Evaluation of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment's KASAMA Program
Last registered on March 25, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
A Randomized Impact Evaluation of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment's KASAMA Program
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001139
Initial registration date
March 25, 2016
Last updated
March 25, 2016 2:09 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Amherst College
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Dartmouth College
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-02-01
End date
2018-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Of the 3.21 million Filipino children identified as participating in unlawful child labor, about 3 million of these children do so in hazardous conditions (where chemical, physical and biological hazards exist). In their continued efforts to decrease child labor, the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is implementing Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) in some of the Philippines' poorest provinces. In the KASAMA program, DOLE focuses on improving access to sources of income for the parents of child laborers. Parents are provided a package of assistance composed of livelihood trainings and a grant for the purchase of equipment, tools and raw materials to be used in their livelihood undertaking.

The goal of this project is to evaluate the impact of the KASAMA program on child labor and time allocation, as well as on household well-being. It is motivated by the question of whether it is possible to sustainably change how families generate their livelihoods in a way that eliminates child labor. The evaluation will be conducted across 164 communities, including 2,296 households, where communities will be randomly assigned whether to receive the KASAMA program. Whether and how sustainable livelihood projects influence child labor is an important research question as sustainable livelihood promotion has become the centerpiece of anti-child labor programming.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Edmonds, Eric and Caroline Theoharides. 2016. "A Randomized Impact Evaluation of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment's KASAMA Program." AEA RCT Registry. March 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1139-1.0.
Former Citation
Edmonds, Eric and Caroline Theoharides. 2016. "A Randomized Impact Evaluation of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment's KASAMA Program." AEA RCT Registry. March 25. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1139/history/7413.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2016-04-15
Intervention End Date
2018-03-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Child labor, child time allocation, child life satisfaction, child schooling, parental attention, household consumption, household income, household assets, and household food security
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Barangays (villages) in the treatment group will be offered KASAMA benefits, an in-kind livelihood assistance transfer for households with child laborers. Barangays (villages) in the control group will be offered KASAMA benefits after the conclusion of the endline survey.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Randomized at the barangay (village) level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
164 barangays
Sample size: planned number of observations
2296 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
82 control barangays, 82 KASAMA treatment barangays
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action IRB
IRB Approval Date
2015-11-23
IRB Approval Number
9932
Analysis Plan

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Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
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