The Devil Is in The Pre-Tales: A Closer Look at Women's First Months in Industrial Work
Last registered on March 27, 2018


Trial Information
General Information
The Devil Is in The Pre-Tales: A Closer Look at Women's First Months in Industrial Work
Initial registration date
March 26, 2018
Last updated
March 27, 2018 3:48 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator
Vassar College
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
European University Institute
PI Affiliation
New York University Abu Dhabi
Additional Trial Information
On going
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End date
Secondary IDs
With the rise of industrial parks and low-wage low-skill manufacturing positions, more individuals (especially women) are moving from the informal labor market to the formal market. Previous studies have shown the long-run impacts of working in in these manufacturing positions to be mixed across a diverse array of contexts and outcomes (Heath and Mobarak, 2015; Atkin, 2009; Kagy, 2017). A recent study shows high rates of early turnover for workers randomly offered factory jobs outside of Addis, Ethiopia, alluding to potential early negative experiences in industrial employment in the Ethiopian context (Blattman and Dercon, 2018). This project has two objectives. First, using detailed high frequency data it will document the experience of newly hired women working in Ethiopian manufacturing, examining the level and evolution of their economic empowerment and household bargaining power as they move through their first three months of employment. We will explore how these measures of well-being interact with both these women’s baseline characteristics, as well as later absenteeism, retention and performance on the job. Second, this project will evaluate how giving individuals information about (1) how to make a financial plan given their income sources and their expenses, and (2) information about their own time preferences may improve upon these welfare and job outcomes.
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Registration Citation
Hardy, Morgan, Gisella Kagy and Christian Meyer. 2018. "The Devil Is in The Pre-Tales: A Closer Look at Women's First Months in Industrial Work." AEA RCT Registry. March 27.
Experimental Details
The intervention evaluated in this project will teach women financial planning tools and give them information about their own time preferences, which are elicited during the baseline interview.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcomes are women's empowerment and bargaining power.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Detailed descriptions of how outcomes will be constructed are given in our pre-analysis plan. We will have measures of financial empowerment, bargaining power (via household expenditures), aspirations, decision making, women's mobility, attitudes towards domestic violence and women's political representation.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Job performance, Job absenteeism, Job retention
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Detailed data from the firm on job performance, absenteeism and retention will be obtained.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment will be a cross cut randomization of the financial planing training and being provided information on time preferences. There will also be a group for whom only administrative data is collected.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
840 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
110 individuals control, 110 individuals financial planning journal, 110 individuals information on time preferences, 110 individuals financial planning journal and information on time preferences

400 individuals administrative data only
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
New York University Abu Dhabi
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