Entrepreneur Experience and Labor Market Outcome: A Field Experiment

Last registered on January 31, 2024


Trial Information

General Information

Entrepreneur Experience and Labor Market Outcome: A Field Experiment
Initial registration date
January 31, 2024

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
January 31, 2024, 1:34 PM EST

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Primary Investigator

Shenzhen University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation
Sun Yat-Sen University

Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
This field experiment tests the effect of entrepreneur experience on worker’s labor market outcome. We conduct a correspondence study in China. The intervention is entrepreneur experience of the job applicant.
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Registration Citation

Li, King King, Xu Zhang and Chi Zhang. 2024. "Entrepreneur Experience and Labor Market Outcome: A Field Experiment." AEA RCT Registry. January 31. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.12919-1.0
Experimental Details


We are conducting a large-scale correspondence study to investigate the effect of entrepreneur experience on workers labor market outcome in the Chinese labor market. The intervention is entrepreneur experience of the job applicant.
Intervention Start Date
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcome is whether a job applicant receives a positive response (callback) from an employer via email, phone call, or text message.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
The secondary outcome is how many times each resume is opened or viewed.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
There is a section on the online job application platform called “Who is searching me”, in which candidates can check when, how many times, and to what extent companies have interests in them.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We conduct the field experiment by sending resumes to apply to online job postings from different firms. We create resumes which are similar in all dimensions (education background, previous work experience, professional skills, etc.), except for the entrepreneur experience.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The randomization units are firms that posted job openings online.
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Planned number of clusters: 4
The cluster unit: 1000 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
1000 firms *2 types of profiles *2 occupations =4000 job applications
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment group: 2000 job applications
Control group: 2000 job applications
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Shenzhen Audencial Financial Technology Institute
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