Experimentation, Learning, and Performance in Entrepreneurial Firms
Last registered on January 15, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Experimentation, Learning, and Performance in Entrepreneurial Firms
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001918
Initial registration date
January 15, 2017
Last updated
January 15, 2017 8:52 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
The Wharton School
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2017-01-03
End date
2017-05-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
I investigate the impact of experimentation on performance in early-stage ventures, seeking to identify the venture-level and market-level conditions under which experimentation is most valuable. I propose a novel theoretical framework and test its implications via a field-based randomized controlled trial. The experimental work takes the form of an encouragement design.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Contigiani, Andrea. 2017. "Experimentation, Learning, and Performance in Entrepreneurial Firms." AEA RCT Registry. January 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1918-2.0.
Former Citation
Contigiani, Andrea. 2017. "Experimentation, Learning, and Performance in Entrepreneurial Firms." AEA RCT Registry. January 15. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1918/history/13145.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2017-01-17
Intervention End Date
2017-01-18
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Performance score in the venture competition.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Encouragement design, similar to Bloom et al (2013, QJE).
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization by computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual participant.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
120 subjects.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
60 subjects per treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Pennsylvania Office of Regulatory Affairs
IRB Approval Date
2017-01-13
IRB Approval Number
826363
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