Sexual Activity & Job Performance
Last registered on November 17, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Sexual Activity & Job Performance
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003309
Initial registration date
November 16, 2018
Last updated
November 17, 2018 10:07 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Universidad de San Andres
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Universidad de San Andres
PI Affiliation
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-11-19
End date
2018-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We partner with a large firm in Argentina to produce evidence on the causal link between workers’ sexual activity and subsequent job performance. Our experimental approach induces excitement in workers’ partners by exposing them to a video with explicit sexual content. Then, we use partners’ excitement as an instrument for workers’ sexual activity to estimate (via an instrumental variables approach) the causal impact of sexual activity on individual measures of job performance.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Crocco, Florencia, Maria Amelia Gibbons and Martin Rossi. 2018. "Sexual Activity & Job Performance." AEA RCT Registry. November 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3309/history/37430
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We partner with a large firm in Argentina to examine the causal impact of sexual activity on subsequent individual job performance
Intervention Start Date
2018-12-06
Intervention End Date
2018-12-14
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Job performance
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Primary outcomes come from administrative data provided by the firm, and from a voluntary survey answered by the workers
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Happiness, job satisfaction, job engagement, and choosing dominated risk option
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary outcomes come from from a voluntary survey answered by the workers
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Randomized Controlled Trial: Treatment participants will be randomly selected from a list of eligible workers. We will compare the treatment group outcomes to the control group outcomes, looking specifically at workers’ individual job performance.
Experimental Design Details
For details, see attached proposal
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Approximately 1,400 individuals, depending on take-up
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 1,400 individuals, depending on take-up
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment group: approximately 700 individuals (half of take-up)
Control group: approximately 700 individuals (half of take-up)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB - University of Wisconsin - Madison
IRB Approval Date
2018-11-16
IRB Approval Number
2018-1178
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 and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers