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The Transitional Dynamics of Cultural Integration: Quasi-Experimental evidence from asylum seekers' placement in the Netherlands
Last registered on April 05, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Transitional Dynamics of Cultural Integration: Quasi-Experimental evidence from asylum seekers' placement in the Netherlands
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002857
Initial registration date
April 03, 2018
Last updated
April 05, 2018 12:13 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
European University Institute
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-04-05
End date
2018-04-06
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This paper documents how quickly immigrants adopt the cultural behaviors of natives and studies if growing up in an ethnic enclave slows down or speeds up the dynamics of convergence. To measure cultural behavior, I use administrative data on prescription of contraceptives to women. To identify neighborhood effects, I use the random assignment of asylum seekers to welcome centers in the Netherlands in the 1990s and 2000s. To capture social interactions and isolate peer effects, I merge the information on prescriptions with administrative data on schools attended by teenage women.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Achard, Pascal. 2018. "The Transitional Dynamics of Cultural Integration: Quasi-Experimental evidence from asylum seekers' placement in the Netherlands ." AEA RCT Registry. April 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2857-1.0.
Former Citation
Achard, Pascal. 2018. "The Transitional Dynamics of Cultural Integration: Quasi-Experimental evidence from asylum seekers' placement in the Netherlands ." AEA RCT Registry. April 05. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2857/history/27672.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-05
Intervention End Date
2018-04-06
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
– The main outcome is prescription of contraceptives to women.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
– I would also look at other outcomes that are pertinent for immigrant women: probability of being married to a native, fertility and probability of working.

– I would also look at the probability of marrying a native for immigrant men (to see if the effect is different for men and women).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Cultural behavior would be primarily measured with prescription of contraceptives. Identification of the “neighborhood effect” would rely on the random assignment of asylum seekers to welcome centers in the 1990s and 2000s.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Assignment to Treatment (for the “neighborhood hypothesis”), i.e. mechanism through which asylum seekers were sent to ”neighborhoods” with fewer/more natives. Asylum seekers from 1996 to 2016 were sent randomly to COA (Centraal Organ opvang Asielzokers) welcome centers. They often had to wait many months/years in these welcome centers before they were granted refugee status. To identify them, I would follow the strategy developed in Beckers and Borghans (2011).
Randomization Unit
Asylum center welcome center
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
20772
Sample size: planned number of observations
Based on similar studies around 5000 observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Based on similar studies around 5000 observations
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
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