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Gender Norms, the Dating Market, and Job Search

Last registered on July 31, 2016


Trial Information

General Information

Gender Norms, the Dating Market, and Job Search Behavior.
Initial registration date
July 31, 2016

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
July 31, 2016, 8:38 PM EDT

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

Last updated
July 31, 2016, 8:39 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

Princeton University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Harvard University
PI Affiliation
University of Chicago

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
A field experiment conducted in a business school to understand how gender norms affect students' job search behavior.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Bursztyn, Leonardo, Thomas Fujiwara and Amanda Pallais. 2016. "Gender Norms, the Dating Market, and Job Search Behavior.." AEA RCT Registry. July 31.
Former Citation
Bursztyn, Leonardo, Thomas Fujiwara and Amanda Pallais. 2016. "Gender Norms, the Dating Market, and Job Search Behavior.." AEA RCT Registry. July 31.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Answers on a job search questionnaire on job preferences (industry and location), willingness to work long hours and travel, as well as self rating on leadership, ambition, competitiveness and writing skills.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The description of the design is under the "Experimental Design (Hidden)" field.
Experimental Design Details
We will provide students with questionnaires that collect information the school's career office will use to help them find a job opportunity. We will randomly vary whether the form states whether the answers might be discussed in later class (public arm) or only anonymized answers will be discussed (private arm). The forms will be identical other than this disclaimer.

The more explicit, greater assurance of privacy from classmates regarding the answers is proposed to reduce how women, in particular those more engaged in the dating market, will adapt their answers to conform to gender norms.
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
250-350 students.
Sample size: planned number of observations
250-350 students.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Equal numbers of treated and control individuals.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
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IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
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Is the intervention completed?
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

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Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

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Reports & Other Materials