Information, Aspirations, and Policy Preferences

Last registered on May 13, 2024

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
Information, Aspirations, and Policy Preferences
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0013255
Initial registration date
May 07, 2024

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First published
May 13, 2024, 12:18 PM EDT

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

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
HEC Montréal

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Tor Vergata University of Rome

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2024-04-15
End date
2024-07-01
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This research studies youths' aspirations, migration intentions, and policy preferences and how different pieces of information affect them in developing countries, specifically in Senegal. We will address this question through a survey experiment among last grade students in high schools in the region of Dakar. Through the survey, we will elicit students’ beliefs on their plans for future (including intention to migrate) and policy preferences. Students will receive either one out of two types of information (Treatment Groups 1 and 2) or no information (Control Group). Our sample will be approximately of 2000 high school students.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Florio, Erminia and Giancarlo Spagnolo. 2024. "Information, Aspirations, and Policy Preferences." AEA RCT Registry. May 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.13255-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We will administer the survey and randomaly provide information on labor market outcomes in the main destination countries and in the origin country.
Intervention Start Date
2024-04-15
Intervention End Date
2024-06-03

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
-Willingness to migrate
-Actual migration
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
-Willingness to migrate: measured before and after the information treatment through a survey question
-Actual migration: measured around 6 months after the information treatment by re-contacting students either by telephone or by email

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
-Call/Visit to orientation agency
-Career choice (university vs. others)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
-Call/Visit to orientation agency: measured through the agency's registry
-Career choice (university vs. others): measured around 6 months after the information treatment by re-contacting students either by telephone or by email

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Through the survey, we will elicit students’ beliefs on their plans for future (including intention to migrate) and policy preferences. After an information experiment, we will assess whether there were changes in their intention to migrate. Additionally, we will use one behavioural measure to assess the impact of information on students' visits to an orientation agency and we will measure actual migration status around six months after the intervention.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by the survey company (Qualtrics).
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2100 high-school students.
Sample size: planned number of observations
2100 high-school students.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
700 students information on migration, 700 students information on migration and on agency providing counseling services to help students choose their future career, 700 students control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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