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Evaluating Multidimensional Programs in The Presence of Endogenous, Multidimensional Networks
Last registered on March 04, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Evaluating Multidimensional Programs in The Presence of Endogenous, Multidimensional Networks
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002915
Initial registration date
April 20, 2018
Last updated
March 04, 2019 8:40 PM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Duke University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Duke University
PI Affiliation
University of Oxford
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-01-11
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the direct and spillover effects of cash transfers and behavioral interventions, accounting for endogenous changes in both economic and social networks.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Garlick, Robert, Gabor Nyeki and Kate Orkin. 2019. "Evaluating Multidimensional Programs in The Presence of Endogenous, Multidimensional Networks." AEA RCT Registry. March 04. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2915-3.0.
Former Citation
Garlick, Robert et al. 2019. "Evaluating Multidimensional Programs in The Presence of Endogenous, Multidimensional Networks." AEA RCT Registry. March 04. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2915/history/42452.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Three types of interventions are used in the trial:
- The psychologically active intervention consists of two back-to-back ten-minute aspirational videos, a facilitated goal-setting exercise, and the distribution of a reminder.
- The psychologically inactive intervention consists of two back-to-back ten-minute placebo videos, a facilitated placebo exercise, and the distribution of a reminder.
- The cash transfer intervention consists of the standard three-stage cash transfer program implemented by GiveDirectly.

In the course of the registration process for the cash transfers, eligible individuals are provided with a mobile money account as well as a mobile phone if they do not yet have these. This is followed by three mobile money transfers, made in intervals of approximately two months: a small transfer (`Token') of approximately USD100 (nominal 2016 dollars); a large transfer (`Lump Sum A') of approximately USD450; and a second large transfer (`Lump Sum B') of USD450 minus the price of the mobile phone.
Intervention Start Date
2016-11-01
Intervention End Date
2017-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcomes will be specified in a pre-analysis plan that will be lodged before the endline data collection finishes in approximately October 2018.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcomes will be specified in a pre-analysis plan that will be lodged before the endline data collection finishes in approximately October 2018.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The project follows a 2x2 factorial design with villages randomly allocated into one of four treatment arms:
(1) Psychologically active intervention
(2) Placebo intervention
(3) Cash transfer intervention plus psychologically active intervention
(4) Cash transfer intervention plus placebo intervention
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Stratified randomization by computer
Randomization Unit
Village
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
415 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 11,000 respondents (recruitment is ongoing).
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
One quarter of the villages were assigned to each of the four treatment groups.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Oxford University Social Science & Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2016-04-13
IRB Approval Number
SSD/CUREC1A/BSG C1A_16-002
IRB Name
Duke University Campus Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2017-06-29
IRB Approval Number
E0228
Analysis Plan

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