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Equal Opportunities in Access to Higher Education: Evidence from the Randomization of a National Policy
Last registered on October 06, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Equal Opportunities in Access to Higher Education: Evidence from the Randomization of a National Policy
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002288
Initial registration date
October 05, 2017
Last updated
October 06, 2017 2:27 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Bonn
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University College London
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2015-10-01
End date
2017-10-06
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The aim of this project is to provide the first real-world, large-scale randomised controlled trial (RCT) on affirmative action (AA) for access to university. We use the RCT to evaluate policy effectiveness without the confounding factors that potentially affect existing observational studies. Moreover, we explore the drivers of programme effectiveness.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Kosse, Fabian and Michela Tincani. 2017. "Equal Opportunities in Access to Higher Education: Evidence from the Randomization of a National Policy." AEA RCT Registry. October 06. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2288-1.0.
Former Citation
Kosse, Fabian and Michela Tincani. 2017. "Equal Opportunities in Access to Higher Education: Evidence from the Randomization of a National Policy." AEA RCT Registry. October 06. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2288/history/22087.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2015-10-01
Intervention End Date
2017-10-06
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Student achievement: Performance in standardized tests (Mathematics),
Student effort,
Social capital.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This study makes use of the expansion phase of the PACE program which started in 2016, when 64 schools - chosen at random among a pool of eligible schools entered the programme. These schools constitute our Treatment Group (T). The remaining eligible schools will remain untreated (due to budget constraints) and constitute our Control Group (C).
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer. The randomisation was performed by PNUD - Chile (United Nations Development Programme).
Randomization Unit
School level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
128 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 7800 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
64 treatment group schools,
64 conrol group schools
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University College London Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2017-06-30
IRB Approval Number
10515/002
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Analysis Plan Chile-PACE

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SHA1: a75d940b47487587abba5ea32ecda62129fed460

Uploaded At: October 05, 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