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Tournaments in Non-Routine Analytical Tasks
Last registered on June 25, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Tournaments in Non-Routine Analytical Tasks
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002916
Initial registration date
April 22, 2018
Last updated
June 25, 2018 3:31 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Tilburg University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
LMU Munich
PI Affiliation
LMU Munich
PI Affiliation
LMU Munich
PI Affiliation
LMU Munich
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-04-23
End date
2018-07-13
Secondary IDs
Abstract
I this study, we investigate the effect of rankings and tournament incentives on team performance in non-routine, analytical team tasks. We use a field setup in which groups of teams work on a non-routine analytical team under varying incentives. The task makes teams face complex and novel problems, it is analytical and cognitively demanding as teams need to collect and recombine information which requires to think outside the box to succeed, and it is interactive as team members have to collaborate, discuss possible actions, and develop ideas jointly with their team members.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Englmaier, Florian et al. 2018. "Tournaments in Non-Routine Analytical Tasks." AEA RCT Registry. June 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2916-2.0.
Former Citation
Englmaier, Florian et al. 2018. "Tournaments in Non-Routine Analytical Tasks." AEA RCT Registry. June 25. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2916/history/31141.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We conduct four treatments: Treatment T1 serves as a control condition in which we do not intervene, but simply record data. T2 in which teams are asked to choose a name for their team only. T3 in which we post teams' relative performance within the week to Facebook. T4 in which the team with the highest relative performance within the week receives a monetary reward.
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-23
Intervention End Date
2018-07-13
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Time needed until completion of task
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Hints taken during the task
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We conduct the experiment with our partner in a setting that resembles non-routine and analytical team tasks. Subjects are not aware that they participate in an experiment. Treatments are randomized by week over the sampling period. We record completion time, several background characteristics and variables related to the task.
Experimental Design Details
We conduct our experiment with ExitTheRoom (ETR), a firm that offers room escape games to customers in several European countries. We implement the treatments at their Munich location with regular customers that book an escape room game on their website. Customers are not aware they are participating in an experiment, nor are they aware of the respective treatments. Treatments are randomized by week. Collecting the data will be non-invasive and likely not noticed by subjects. The treatment intervention text will be delivered by staff from our partner organization or by a trained experimenter.
Randomization Method
Block randomization (by week) using random number generator (computer)
Randomization Unit
Treatments will be randomized by week.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Approximately 8 weeks. See explanation wrt planned number of observations
Sample size: planned number of observations
360-400 teams of participants (approximately 1,200 participants, the number of participants is not controlled by us, as we record observations on the team level and teams form endogenously). We schedule data collection aiming at 360 observations (taking into account that some participants may not show up). We stop scheduling new data collection after reaching 360 observations and only collect the data for which we have already scheduled collection.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
90-100 teams in T1, 90-100 teams in T2, 90-100 teams in T3, 90-100 teams in T4
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Munich, Department of Economics, Ethics Commission
IRB Approval Date
2016-02-03
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
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