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Understanding Paternalism – First Survey Evidence
Last registered on September 08, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Understanding Paternalism – First Survey Evidence
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003295
Initial registration date
September 07, 2018
Last updated
September 08, 2018 2:09 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
NHH Bergen
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Bergen
PI Affiliation
NHH Bergen
PI Affiliation
NHH Bergen
PI Affiliation
University of Zurich
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-09-04
End date
2019-09-03
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This online survey constitutes a first step in a larger research project with the aim of understanding paternalism, i.e., how do individuals handle the trade-off between autonomy/freedom of choice and individual well-being/social welfare. With this first survey, we seek to understand what motivates the decision to restrict choice sets and how different forms of interventions compare to each other. Specifically, we investigate whether paternalists differentiate between reasons within the paternalee vs. external factors and how much the intensity of the restriction (i.e., removing options vs. setting defaults) matters. Furthermore, we try to shed light on how much paternalists value the effectiveness of their intervention.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Bartling, Bjoern et al. 2018. "Understanding Paternalism – First Survey Evidence." AEA RCT Registry. September 08. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3295-1.0.
Former Citation
Bartling, Bjoern et al. 2018. "Understanding Paternalism – First Survey Evidence." AEA RCT Registry. September 08. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3295/history/33965.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2018-09-04
Intervention End Date
2018-09-11
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Key outcome is the fraction of individuals in each treatment that chooses to intervene (i.e., answers "Yes" to the question of whether they want to manipulate the choice environment for the workers).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Hypothetical online survey experiment with a representative sample from the U.S. population (18 years and above)
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Random assignment using Qualtrics
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
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Sample size: planned number of observations
2400 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
300 individuals per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
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