Investigating the effect of household knowledge of welfare programs eligibility criteria to their investment behaviors
Last registered on September 11, 2017

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Investigating the effect of household knowledge of welfare programs eligibility criteria to their investment behaviors
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001352
Initial registration date
September 10, 2017
Last updated
September 11, 2017 11:54 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
MIT
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
TNP2K (Indonesia's National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction)
PI Affiliation
Harvard University
PI Affiliation
MIT
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2015-05-01
End date
2018-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In November 2014, the Government of Indonesia launched an expansion of existing social protection programs using a new form of beneficiary identification cards: Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS), and Family Welfare Card (KKS). Upon launching these programs, the government recognizes the need to verify and update the existing database from which the social programs' beneficiary list is based. Like many countries, the Statistic Indonesia will update the beneficiary database using a household asset survey--a proxy means test.

One worry is that these forms of asset surveys have distortionary effects--that households do not invest in assets that they are asked about on the proxy means test in order to maintain their eligibility status. Alternatively, households may become worried about how the government will use their data, and these surveys may lead to worse quality on other government datasets. The government of Indonesia seeks to understand if this is indeed the case. Thus, we are working with them to build in an evaluation into their national proxy means test survey (the PBDT) to test this idea.

Using publically-available, de-identified survey data collected by the government (SUSENAS--available in the Harvard library), this research aims to evaluate the effect of receiving the different PBDT surveys on subsequent household asset acquisition.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Banerjee, Abhijit et al. 2017. "Investigating the effect of household knowledge of welfare programs eligibility criteria to their investment behaviors." AEA RCT Registry. September 11. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1352/history/21316
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The government of Indonesia will randomize different survey forms for the updating of government Unified Database (PBDT) of social assistance beneficiary list in the 34 provinces. In addition, random assignment of questions will produce two equal groups. Control group who were not assigned to receive the question can serve to be the comparison group for those who were randomized to receive the question.
Intervention Start Date
2015-05-01
Intervention End Date
2015-09-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Households' investment behavior as measured by ownership rate for assets being subsequently acquired.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The research will use a national government-run welfare targeting survey that asks about household assets possession. The government of Indonesia will do province-level randomization of different survey forms for the PBDT in the 33 provinces to evaluate its effect on subsequent household asset acquisition.

Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by a computer using STATA
Randomization Unit
Province
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
33 provinces in Indonesia
Sample size: planned number of observations
Adults around 26 millions.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
- 8 provinces receiving cell phone and television questions (P0Q0)
- 9 provinces receiving cell phone and room questions (P0Q1)
- 8 provinces receiving cell swan-neck closet and television questions (P1Q0)
- 8 provinces receiving cell swan-neck closet and room questions (P1Q0)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
MIT Committee On the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2015-04-06
IRB Approval Number
1504007043