CréaJeunes - Small Business Training
Last registered on August 26, 2013

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
CréaJeunes - Small Business Training
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000023
Initial registration date
August 26, 2013
Last updated
August 26, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
MIT
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Université Catholique de Louvain
PI Affiliation
Sciences Po, J-PAL
PI Affiliation
Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique (CREST)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2008-11-14
End date
2013-11-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The Paris School of Economics proposed a project to the Haut-Commissariat aux Solidarités Actives (French Minister for Active Solidarity against Poverty) to evaluate the impact of one of Adie’s programs, CréaJeunes. The “Association pour le droit à l’initiative économique” (Adie), is an NGO that aids people in creating their own business. The program is designed to encourage and support young people employment and entrepreneurship, particularly in poorer neighborhoods. The start of this new program is a unique opportunity to put in place a system that will allow us to rigorously measure its impact. Indeed, the impact of existing programs designed to augment business creation in France have never been evaluated in a rigorous manner and thus evidence is lacking on whether these programs improve youth employment and reduce inequality and exclusion. The study analyzes the impact of the program by taking advantage of a lottery at the time of application to create two identical groups which allows a rigorous evaluation of the impact of the program.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Crépon, Bruno et al. 2013. "CréaJeunes - Small Business Training ." AEA RCT Registry. August 26. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/23/history/286
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Eligible individuals randomly allotted into one of two groups:

1. Treatment group: the operator calls to inform them that their application has been accepted. They are then told to contact the program director.

2. Control group: the individual isn’t contacted again. If the individual contacts an Adie office directly he or she may still be admitted to the program.
Intervention Start Date
2009-04-01
Intervention End Date
2012-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
employment, entrepreneurship, business creation, income, consumption, spirit and motivatio
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The random selection will works as follows:

Individuals call the CréaJeunes number. The operator will ask questions in order to gauge the individual’s eligibility. There are then two scenarios:

• If the individual is not eligible they will be either directed to another service or turned away.

• If the individual meets the eligibility requirements for CréaJeunes, the following steps take place:
- The individual is informed about the limited number of places available in the program;
- The operator will tell them that they will be contacted if he or she is selected for the program
- Regardless of the individual’s selection status, they will then be asked whether they agree that their data can be used for a study on CréaJeunes

Eligible individuals are then randomly allotted into one of two groups.

The targeted demographic is young people in poor neighborhoods in six cities in France: Lille, Saint-Denis, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1,500 young people
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,500 young people
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1,000 treatment and 500 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IRB Approval Date
2008-11-14
IRB Approval Number
0810002947
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