Offering scholarships to adult skilled workers

Last registered on June 06, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Offering scholarships to adult skilled workers
Initial registration date
May 26, 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
June 06, 2023, 9:18 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

Frisch Centre

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Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Low-educated adults are underrepresented in adult education. At the same time, the current high-paced technological change shapes and stimulates demand for a labor force capable of constantly updating its skill set, which can result in a wedge between labor supply and demand if the supplied and demanded skill profiles grow apart. In a large-scale field experiment, we study if a financial incentive in the form of a scholarship increases enrollment in education among skilled adult workers.
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Registration Citation

Hauge, Karen. 2023. "Offering scholarships to adult skilled workers." AEA RCT Registry. June 06.
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Experimental Details


Offer a scholarship to adult skilled workers
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Education enrollment
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We will construct the dummy variable Enrolled that measures enrollment in education. Specifically, we base this on the variable for ongoing education from Statistics Norway called “igang 2022”, which records if a person is registered in education in October of any given year, in our case, in October 2022 (2021 for the pilot sample).

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Scholarship group: receives an offer of an educational scholarship if they enroll in education during the following study year (August-June) and information about what possibilities exist regarding further education.
Information group: receives the same information regarding educational opportunities and general funding possibilities without the specific scholarship offer.
Control group: not contacted.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer script.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
292 002 individuals in main experiment
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Scholarship group: 61 800 individuals
Information group: 169 950 individuals
Control group: 67 252 individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
To test the hypothesis that a scholarship offer affects the proportion who enrolls in education, using a p-value of 0.05 and 80% power, we have a minimum detectable effect size (MDE) of 0.00027.

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Data Protection Agency at the Frisch Centre
IRB Approval Date
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Analysis Plan

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