Spare-time job search assistance for disadvantaged youth in Denmark

Last registered on August 03, 2021

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
Spare-time job search assistance for disadvantaged youth in Denmark
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002767
Initial registration date
March 13, 2018
Last updated
August 03, 2021, 8:50 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Aarhus University, Department of Economics and Business Economics

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2014-02-20
End date
2023-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
A spare-time job may foster character skills in the same way as workplace-based programs that teach character skills. Therefore, a spare-time job may have non-pecuniary and cumulative benefits in the form of skill formation, especially behavioral or character skills that can be transferred for use in other domains of life, including schooling and education, i.e. life-skills. We conduct a randomized controlled trial to test this hypothesis. Our intervention randomizes spare-time job search assistance from youth club workers to pupils in the 7th to 10th grade in lower-secondary school who are at risk of not completing an upper secondary education and for whom it is difficult to find a spare-time job on their own.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Damm, Anna Piil. 2021. "Spare-time job search assistance for disadvantaged youth in Denmark." AEA RCT Registry. August 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2767-1.1
Former Citation
Damm, Anna Piil and Anna Piil Damm. 2021. "Spare-time job search assistance for disadvantaged youth in Denmark." AEA RCT Registry. August 03. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2767/history/97051
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Our intervention randomizes spare-time job search assistance from youth club workers to pupils in the 7th to 10th grade in lower-secondary school who are at risk of not completing an upper secondary education and for whom it is difficult to find a spare-time job on their own.
Intervention Start Date
2016-08-29
Intervention End Date
2018-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Grades obtained at the school exit exam in the 9th grade, school absence and criminal behavior, grasp of life and enrollment in and completion of upper-secondary education.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Career aspirations and substance abuse.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Two teachers from each Youth Club in the trial cooperate to recruit pupils in the target group. The research team has randomly assigned one of the two teachers to take an executive course on spare-time job search assistance and coaching before the start of recruitment of pupils (the T-group teacher). The other teacher cannot take the course until after the end of the intervention (the C-group teacher). The recruited pupils from each club are randomly assigned to receipt of spare-time job search assistance from one of the two teachers.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization within each youth club.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
250 pupils.
Sample size: planned number of observations
250 pupils.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
250 pupils.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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