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Information Interventions to Facilitate Job Mobility among Migrant Workers
Last registered on September 05, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Information Interventions to Facilitate Job Mobility among Migrant Workers
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003204
Initial registration date
September 03, 2018
Last updated
September 05, 2018 10:28 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
National University of Singapore
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-03-01
End date
2019-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Migrant workers face multiple information constraints in their foreign country of employment. Restricted information on vacant jobs increases the costs of searching for new employment. In addition, lack of knowledge about legal rights and regulations regarding changing employers, and incorrect knowledge about market conditions can further restrict labor mobility. This research seeks to test whether relaxing different types of information constraints faced by foreign domestic workers in Singapore improves their labor market outcomes.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Shrestha, Slesh A. and Dean Yang. 2018. "Information Interventions to Facilitate Job Mobility among Migrant Workers." AEA RCT Registry. September 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3204-1.0.
Former Citation
Shrestha, Slesh A., Slesh A. Shrestha and Dean Yang. 2018. "Information Interventions to Facilitate Job Mobility among Migrant Workers." AEA RCT Registry. September 05. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3204/history/33892.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The interventions focused on sharing different types of informations: (1) information on legal rights of FDWs to change employer; (2) information on actual wages and other employment terms and conditions in the Singapore FDW labor market; and (3) information on current job vacancies.

The experiment included 4 treatment arms (and a control group). FDWs who are currently employed in Singapore were randomly assigned to receive either one of the three types of information, or all three information. The control FDWs received no information.
Intervention Start Date
2016-03-01
Intervention End Date
2018-09-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employment outcomes: monthly earnings, daily work hours, rest days, and freedom of movement.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We implemented a randomized field experiment to test the effects of different information interventions on employment outcomes. The study participants were migrant workers who were working as foreign domestic helpers in Singapore. They were randomly assigned to one of the four treatment arms or the control group. All participants were administered a baseline survey, and those selected into the treatment group received the treatment soon thereafter.

All participants were provided with SGD10 for participating in the survey, and they were interviewed in the followup survey via phone or text.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization was conducted using an built-in algorithm in the survey tablet, which assigned the treatment arm (or control) after the completion of the baseline survey.
Randomization Unit
Individual FDWs
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
1221 FDWs
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
258 FDWs control; 256 FDWs received information on legal rights, 263 FDWs received information on market employment terms and conditions, 226 FDWs received information on job vacancies, and 218 FDWs received all three types of information.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
National University of Singapore
IRB Approval Date
2015-12-22
IRB Approval Number
A-15-269
Analysis Plan

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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