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Spare-time job search assistance for disadvantaged youth in Denmark
Initial registration date
March 13, 2018
March 14, 2018 4:51 PM EDT
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Aarhus University, Department of Economics and Business Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
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.
. Registration Citation
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
Intervention End Date
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 (end points)
Career aspirations and substance abuse.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
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
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Individual randomization within each youth club.
Was the treatment clustered?
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)