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The long-run effects of cash grants to the poor: Experimental evidence from an enterprise development program in Uganda
Last registered on May 22, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The long-run effects of cash grants to the poor: Experimental evidence from an enterprise development program in Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002187
Initial registration date
April 25, 2017
Last updated
May 22, 2017 10:53 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Chicago
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Inter-American Development Bank
PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2017-03-06
End date
2017-06-09
Secondary IDs
Abstract
From 2008 to 2012, Chris Blattman, Nathan Fiala, and Sebastian Martinez worked with the Government of Uganda (GoU), the World Bank, and the research non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to study one of the country’s largest development programs: the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). Under YOP, the government invited groups of roughly 20 underemployment young men and women to submit proposals for grants of roughly $8000, or $400 per person. This was one of the first randomized trials of a cash-based employment program in the world.

YOP turned out to be one of the most effective employment programs on record, at least among the ones with rigorous evidence. Blattman, Fiala, and Martinez (2014) document that most grant recipients invested the cash in skills and materials, started skilled enterprises, and four years later increased their earnings by almost 40%. Meanwhile Blattman, Emeriau, and Fiala (2017) provide evidence that beneficiaries increased opposition party membership, campaigning, and voting.

This pre-analysis plan is for an nine year follow-up of all of the 2,675 original members of the original YOP study sample.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Blattman, Christopher, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez. 2017. "The long-run effects of cash grants to the poor: Experimental evidence from an enterprise development program in Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. May 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2187-2.0.
Former Citation
Blattman, Christopher et al. 2017. "The long-run effects of cash grants to the poor: Experimental evidence from an enterprise development program in Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. May 22. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2187/history/17865.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2017-03-06
Intervention End Date
2017-06-09
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See pre-analysis plan.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
See pre-analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
See pre-analysis plan.
Randomization Unit
See pre-analysis plan.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
See pre-analysis plan.
Sample size: planned number of observations
See pre-analysis plan.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See pre-analysis plan.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
UChicago
IRB Approval Date
2017-02-23
IRB Approval Number
16-0957-AM002
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Pre-analysis plan

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Uploaded At: April 25, 2017

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, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS