Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming Collective Action Problems

Last registered on May 20, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming Collective Action Problems
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002227
Initial registration date
May 19, 2017
Last updated
May 20, 2017, 11:04 AM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Yale University
PI Affiliation
Yale University
PI Affiliation
University of Maryland

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2012-12-01
End date
2017-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the effect of social and financial incentives on communities' ability to overcome collective action problems. Our specific context is a sample of 107 villages (approximately 19,000 households) in rural Bangladesh, and the collective action problem we study is investment in hygienic latrines and their subsequent maintenance and use. We randomized (1) whether and what type of incentive was provided – a financial reward or a non-financial “social recognition” reward, and (2) whether and what type of verbal commitment the households were encouraged to make – a private pledge vs. a public pledge. We measure short-term (3 months) and medium-term (12-15 months) effects, and investigate the mechanisms behind the effects.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
, et al. 2017. "Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming Collective Action Problems." AEA RCT Registry. May 20. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2227-2.0
Former Citation
, et al. 2017. "Social and Financial Incentives for Overcoming Collective Action Problems." AEA RCT Registry. May 20. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2227/history/17856
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2013-11-01
Intervention End Date
2014-02-28

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
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Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
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Experimental Design Details
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Randomization Unit
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Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
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Sample size: planned number of observations
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Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
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Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Yale University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2013-11-07
IRB Approval Number
1203009864
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Pre-analysis plan

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Uploaded At: May 19, 2017

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
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