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
Location(s)
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
Bakhtiar, Mehrab 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
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2013-11-01
Intervention End Date
2014-02-28
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See attached pre-analysis plan.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
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Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
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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

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