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Pushing Back On Leaning In? Evidence of Backlash towards Self-Promoting Women
Last registered on April 12, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Pushing Back On Leaning In? Evidence of Backlash towards Self-Promoting Women
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002870
Initial registration date
April 08, 2018
Last updated
April 12, 2018 11:12 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC Merced
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Washington State University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-04-09
End date
2019-06-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study explores whether advice and leadership is more effective when by provided by men versus women. We additionally explore whether the language used in the provision of advice, changes how subjects respond to male and female leadership.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Manian, Shanthi and Ketki Sheth. 2018. "Pushing Back On Leaning In? Evidence of Backlash towards Self-Promoting Women." AEA RCT Registry. April 12. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2870-2.0.
Former Citation
Manian, Shanthi, Ketki Sheth and Ketki Sheth. 2018. "Pushing Back On Leaning In? Evidence of Backlash towards Self-Promoting Women." AEA RCT Registry. April 12. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2870/history/28132.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We implement a lab experiment in which subjects are paired with unseen leaders. The primary activity in the experiment is for the subject to play 10 rounds of a difficult logic game (in which better performance is rewarded by higher compensation). During the game, the subject is provided good advice on how to improve their expected performance by their leader.
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-09
Intervention End Date
2018-08-15
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Our primary outcome is whether the subject follows the advice provided by their leader.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
We additionally are interested in how the subject evaluates their leader (measured by their belief in the leader's ability, their decision to have their leader play a game in which the subject is compensated based on the leader's performance, and a series of questions in which they are evaluating their leader), whether they prefer to continue to work with their leader, recall of their leader's advice, and their own feeling of power/control.

We are interested in heterogeneous effects by subject gender, exposure to female supervisors, and gender attitudes.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Gender Attitudes, Self Assessment of Power, and Evaluation of Leader will all be constructed by creating a summary index (as in Anderson 2008).
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Our experimental design is for the characteristics of the unseen leader to be randomized along the following dimensions: gender and language. The subject is randomly assigned a female or male leader, and the type of language used in the advice provided (self-deprecating, neutral, self-promotional).
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done for each subject based on coded randomizer in our Qualtrics survey (the platform of the experimental game).
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 to 600 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
200 - 600 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We expect 33 to 100 subjects for each treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
UC Merced IRB
IRB Approval Date
2018-03-16
IRB Approval Number
UCM2018-14
Analysis Plan

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Post Trial Information
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Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS