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Peer Effects in College Application Interventions
Last registered on October 10, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Peer Effects in College Application Interventions
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002509
Initial registration date
October 09, 2017
Last updated
October 10, 2017 12:28 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Chicago
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2017-10-10
End date
2018-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This field experiment studies the mechanisms of and heterogeneity in peer effects in the decision to participate in educational programs.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Ye, Karen. 2017. "Peer Effects in College Application Interventions." AEA RCT Registry. October 10. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2509/history/22150
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2017-10-16
Intervention End Date
2018-02-28
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Student sign-up rates for an educational program
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
I will run a field experiment in low-income high schools in the Chicago suburbs, in the 2017-2018 school year. Following the college application cycle, I will approach the high schools in the fall and offer a free college application assistance program for their juniors or seniors.

The experiment consists of looking at peer effects on student sign-up rates for the college application assistance program.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
800 students (400 in second group)
Sample size: planned number of observations
800 students (400 in second group)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
133 in each treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Chicago Social & Behavioral Sciences IRB
IRB Approval Date
2016-10-28
IRB Approval Number
IRB16-1396