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Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines
Last registered on October 20, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001389
Initial registration date
July 28, 2016
Last updated
October 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Georgetown University
PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
University of Munich
PI Affiliation
Asian Institute of Management
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2014-04-21
End date
2017-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) for migrants have the potential to become a key policy tool for increasing the benefits of migration. PDOS build on the fact that many migrants face important knowledge gaps with respect to various aspects of their destination country upon arrival. These knowledge gaps are particularly large for individuals who move from a developing to a developed country and have to navigate a completely different system. Many migrants may hence not be able to make optimal decisions, or only after costly learning. The principal idea of PDOS is to reduce these knowledge gaps early on and provide migrants with the right information to succeed abroad.

There is currently no rigorous evidence on the effects of PDOS and on what kind of training modules matter. Using a randomized control trial, this project evaluates the effects of PDOS on migration outcomes of permanent migrants from the Philippines to the US. Together with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the key government agency tasked to manage permanent migration from the Philippines, we have developed new PDOS modules. The new PDOS aims to foster settlement and labor market integration and increase migrants’ wellbeing more generally. It also aims to strengthen migrants’ engagement in diaspora activities that contribute to development in the Philippines.

We identify the effects of the new PDOS by randomly assigning migrants to different types of PDOS and tracking the impact on 1,273 migrants and their family members remaining in the Philippines over a period of two years after departure.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Barsbai, Toman et al. 2019. "Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines." AEA RCT Registry. October 20. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1389-2.1.
Former Citation
Barsbai, Toman et al. 2019. "Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines." AEA RCT Registry. October 20. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1389/history/55517.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
see Analysis Plan
Intervention Start Date
2014-04-21
Intervention End Date
2014-10-03
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
see Analysis Plan
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
see Analysis Plan
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
PDOS session (day) for PDOS type and individual randomization for association email
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
112 PDOS sessions (days)
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,273 migrants and their families in the Philippines
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
40% old PDOS (control group)
60% new PDOS (treatment group), half of which with employment module and half of which without it
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
See Analysis Plan
Supporting Documents and Materials
Documents
Document Name
Wave 4 migrant questionnaire
Document Type
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Document Description
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Wave 4 migrant questionnaire

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Wave 1 hh questionnaire

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Wave 1 migrant questionnaire
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Wave 1 migrant questionnaire

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Document Name
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Document Description
File
Wave 2 migrant questionnaire for proxy interviews

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Wave 2 migrant questionnaire

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Document Name
Wave 3 hh questionnaire
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survey_instrument
Document Description
File
Wave 3 hh questionnaire

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Document Name
Wave 3 migrant questionnaire for proxy interviews
Document Type
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Document Description
File
Wave 3 migrant questionnaire for proxy interviews

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Document Name
Wave 3 migrant questionnaire
Document Type
survey_instrument
Document Description
File
Wave 3 migrant questionnaire

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Uploaded At: June 30, 2016

IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Pre-analysis plan for short-term effects

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Pre-analysis plan for medium-term effects

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Pre-analysis plan for long-term effects

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SHA1: c4ba7a303c873667d4c63352cc1a5c3664c5952f

Uploaded At: July 28, 2016

Letter from 3ie confirming the date of submission of pre-analysis plans to 3ie

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SHA1: 42b6dc09f41fa1ec43f95bab50adb865f47e881b

Uploaded At: October 20, 2019

Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
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
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers