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Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan
Last registered on June 23, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002256
Initial registration date
June 21, 2017
Last updated
June 23, 2017 4:51 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Stanford University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
UC Berkeley
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-07-01
End date
2018-06-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In this project we first study the willingness of politicians to invest in their careers. We conduct an experiment where we invite politicians to attend a training workshop. The invitation varies in the kinds of information presented to the politician. Second, we randomize whether politicians attend the training itself and study the impact of this training on their performance.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Gulzar, Saad and Yasir Khan. 2017. "Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2256-2.0.
Former Citation
Gulzar, Saad, Saad Gulzar and Yasir Khan. 2017. "Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2256/history/18949.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2016-07-01
Intervention End Date
2018-06-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Decision to invest in ones capacity; learning outcomes; performance
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Decision to invest is determined by whether the invitation to the training was accepted and if there was an unsolicited expression of interest in training; learning outcomes are determined by knowledge about citizen engagement, planning, and leadership skills; performance is determined by attendance in council meetings, agenda setting, time use, frequency of citizen engagement, method of citizen engagement, and performance ratings.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
For the first experiment, we randomize at the individual level whether a person is invited to a training. In addition, we randomly provide information on the training attendance decision of another politician. We vary whether this peer is a competitor or not.

For the second experiment, we randomize at the village level whether politicians are offered training or not.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Villages; Individuals (politicians)
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
180 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
~1000 politicians
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
First experiment: there are different ways to cut it but we will have approximately 100 politicians per treatment arm.
Second level: 90 villages in treatment, 90 in control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Committee for Protection of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2016-05-10
IRB Approval Number
2015-12-8232
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