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Promoting Non-Cognitive Skills Through a Science and Technology Program in Chile (Chile Va)
Last registered on October 07, 2014


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Promoting Non-Cognitive Skills Through a Science and Technology Program in Chile (Chile Va)
Initial registration date
October 07, 2014
Last updated
October 07, 2014 3:25 PM EDT
Primary Investigator
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
J-PAL, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
PI Affiliation
Universidad de Chile
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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This work estimates the impact of Chile Va, a science youth camp that seeks to develop personality traits and non cognitive abilities among the youth. Students were randomly invited to participate of an intense one-week camp intending to promote social abilities and self-achievement, as well as motivation for science. The main objective is to determine whether this program can impact personality traits, non cognitive abilities, academic expectations, self-perception and the impact that this might have on life outcomes. In addition we are also interested on the impact on other margins such as the student's opinion about science and the likelihood of choosing a scientific career. Finally, we also consider the hypothesis of finding gender differential impacts.
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Registration Citation
Bedregal, Paula et al. 2014. "Promoting Non-Cognitive Skills Through a Science and Technology Program in Chile (Chile Va)." AEA RCT Registry. October 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.237-1.0.
Former Citation
Bedregal, Paula et al. 2014. "Promoting Non-Cognitive Skills Through a Science and Technology Program in Chile (Chile Va)." AEA RCT Registry. October 07. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/237/history/2852.
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Experimental Details
The intervention consists in being invited to the "Chile Va" program organized by the CNIC, dependent of the Ministry of Finance of Chile. "Chile Va" is a one-week intense program that invites students throughout Chile to attend a science camp. The main goal of the camp is to promote social abilities, non-cognitive abilities, self-achievement, as well as motivation for science. With that purpose, the following activities are developed:
i) recognized national scientific seminars, ii) visits to places where the science is applied or developed, iii) team-collaborative challenges, iv) presentations of entrepreneurs linked to science projects and v) spaces for individual and group reflection.
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Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Impact over personality traits, non-cognitive and cognitive abilities, education, earnings, expectations, self-perception, students' interest in science and social networks.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Non-cognitive (survey): big-five personality (Caprara et al., 1993), self-stem (Rosenberg, 1965), leadership (Roets, 1997), resilience (Saaverdra and Castro, 2008)
Cognitive (administrative data): GPA and PSU (national university exam, expected)
Secondary Outcomes
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Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Students apply to attend Chile Va. Then, a group of students are randomly selected to attend Chile Va.
Experimental Design Details
Junior high school students (17 years old) attending subsidized high schools are invited to apply to the Chile Va program. Once the students complete a correct application, a group of them is randomly selected to receive an invitation to participate in Chile Va. These students are defined as the treatment group and the remaining students are used as a control group.
Randomization Method
Randomizations done in an office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
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Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
3400 app. individuals/youths
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
2200 app. individuals control
1200 app. individuals treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
Comite de Etica de Investigacion, Instituto de Economia, PUC
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Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
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