Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan

Last registered on June 23, 2017


Trial Information

General Information

Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan
Initial registration date
June 21, 2017

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
June 23, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
June 23, 2017, 4:51 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

Princeton University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
UC Berkeley

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
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

Gulzar, Saad and Yasir Khan. 2017. "Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23.
Former Citation
Gulzar, Saad and Yasir Khan. 2017. "Training First-Time Politicians in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

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?

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)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Committee for Protection of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
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Post Trial Information

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Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

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