Job Credentials In the Labor Market
Last registered on August 17, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Job Credentials In the Labor Market
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002963
Initial registration date
May 20, 2018
Last updated
August 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-08-13
End date
2021-12-20
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We run a randomized control trial with a company to test whether reframing language affects applications and the subsequent hiring process.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Abraham, Lisa. 2018. "Job Credentials In the Labor Market ." AEA RCT Registry. August 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2963/history/33166
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We partner with a company to examine the role of language in job postings.
Intervention Start Date
2018-08-13
Intervention End Date
2019-08-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Number and gender composition of applications, phone screens, interviews, and offers in both the Treated and Control groups. Data on applicant quality from applications.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment randomizes individuals who visit the Company’s website into one of two groups: a Control group where individuals see the same job posting, and a Treatment group where individuals see a version of the job posting with reframed language. We then examine differences in the application process between the two groups.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization via computer
Randomization Unit
IP address of individual visiting Company website
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Approximately 150,000 IP address-identified individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 150,000 IP address-identified individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment group: approximately 75,000 IP address-identified individuals
Control group: approximately 75,000 IP address-identified individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Harvard University-Area Committee on the Use of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2017-12-19
IRB Approval Number
IRB17-1703