Object Access and Risk-Tolerance in a Lottery Selection Task: Evidence on Gun Access Impacts

Last registered on September 18, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Object Access and Risk-Tolerance in a Lottery Selection Task: Evidence on Gun Access Impacts
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002438
Initial registration date
September 18, 2017
Last updated
September 18, 2017, 4:24 PM EDT

Locations

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Notre Dame

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Notre Dame

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2017-04-12
End date
2018-12-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We propose to combine the tools of psychology and economics to study the broader question of how gun access affects decisions with real financial consequences for participants in a controlled laboratory setting. We first replicate an experiment from psychology in which realistic gun access is randomized and a perception task is performed. We then extend this experiment by asking subjects to perform a standard lottery choice task from the experimental economics literature and test for an impact of gun access on financial risk-taking.
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Registration Citation

Citation
, and Abigail Wozniak. 2017. "Object Access and Risk-Tolerance in a Lottery Selection Task: Evidence on Gun Access Impacts." AEA RCT Registry. September 18. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2438-1.0
Former Citation
, , Abigail Wozniak and Abigail Wozniak. 2017. "Object Access and Risk-Tolerance in a Lottery Selection Task: Evidence on Gun Access Impacts." AEA RCT Registry. September 18. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2438/history/21508
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We first replicate an experiment from psychology in which realistic gun access is randomized and a perception task is performed. We then extend this experiment by asking subjects to perform a standard lottery choice task from the experimental economics literature and test for an impact of gun access on financial risk-taking.
Intervention Start Date
2017-04-12
Intervention End Date
2018-04-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Lottery selection choice, and risk preferences derived from lottery choice.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We first replicate an experiment from psychology in which realistic gun access is randomized and a perception task is performed. We then extend this experiment by asking subjects to perform a standard lottery choice task from the experimental economics literature and test for an impact of gun access on financial risk-taking.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer. Randomized gun/ball treatment over all subject runs prior to beginning experiment.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Not clustered.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Maximum of 250. Fewer will be collected if it is determined that collection up to the full 250 would not substantively alter conclusions, or if funding support will not allow collection to 250.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Equal number of subjects by gun/ball treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Notre Dame
IRB Approval Date
2017-04-03
IRB Approval Number
17-03-3662

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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