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Improving Retention of Female Employees in India By Engaging Family Members
Last registered on October 26, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Improving Retention of Female Employees in India By Engaging Family Members
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002511
Initial registration date
October 25, 2017
Last updated
October 26, 2017 3:40 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
MIT
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2017-10-09
End date
2019-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to increase retention and job satisfaction of female workers (kindergarten teachers) in Karnataka, India, by engaging the family members who influence their employment decisions. The interventions involve (a) showing videos with testimonials about how working has raised women's self-esteem and has not caused social stigma or compromised personal safety and (b) spurring discussions between the teacher and her family members about the pros and cons of her working.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Dean, Josh and Seema Jayachandran. 2017. "Improving Retention of Female Employees in India By Engaging Family Members." AEA RCT Registry. October 26. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2511-1.0.
Former Citation
Dean, Josh and Seema Jayachandran. 2017. "Improving Retention of Female Employees in India By Engaging Family Members." AEA RCT Registry. October 26. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2511/history/22744.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Personal growth video: Short video with testimonials by current teachers and family members on how working generates personal growth

Personal growth video + safety video: Short video with testimonials by current teachers and family members on how working has not led to social stigma or compromised the teacher's personal safety.

Conversation: Prompting teacher and family members to have a conversation about the pros and cons of working by asking them a series of questions.
Intervention Start Date
2017-10-26
Intervention End Date
2017-12-22
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
employment status, job satisfaction
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The sample comprises Hippocampus Learning Centre schools where there is at least 1 teacher who joined at the beginning of the 2016-7 school year or later ("new teachers"). All new teachers in sample schools are eligible for the study and will be offered the following interventions based on the treatment (or control) arm that their school is randomly assigned to.There are 6 arms. 2 of the arms are split into subarms.

Arm A/B/C: "Control group". Split into 3 subarms where teacher shown (i) no video, (ii) personal growth video, or (iii) personal growth + safety videos. (Thus, A is a "pure control" arm.)
Arm D: Teacher and family shown personal growth video
Arm E: Teacher and family shown personal growth + safety videos
Arm F/G/H: Like Arm A/B/C but also including conversation prompt
Arm I: Like Arm D but also including conversation prompt
Arm J: Like Arm E but also including conversation prompt
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
School
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
125 to 145 clusters. Some clusters (schools) have only 1 new teacher, while others have 2 or more new teachers.
Sample size: planned number of observations
140 to 190 teachers + 200 to 350 family members
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Arms A, D, E, F, I, & J will each contain 1/8th of the sample
Arms B, C, G, & H will each contain 1/16th of the sample

Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Northwestern University
IRB Approval Date
2017-05-01
IRB Approval Number
STU00205097
IRB Name
Institute for Financial Management and Research
IRB Approval Date
2017-09-10
IRB Approval Number
n/a
Analysis Plan

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