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Sexual Activity & Performance
Last registered on October 25, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Sexual Activity & Performance
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003309
Initial registration date
November 16, 2018
Last updated
October 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Universidad de San Andres
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Wisconsin - Madison & Universidad de San Andres
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-11-01
End date
2020-05-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the causal link between sexual activity and performance. Our experimental approach induces arousal in subjects’ partners by exposing them to a video with explicit sexual content. Then, we use partners’ arousal as an instrument for subjects’ sexual activity to estimate (via an instrumental variables approach) the causal impact of sexual activity on individual performance. We also explore the causal link between sexual activity and happiness.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Gibbons, M. Amelia and Martin Rossi. 2019. "Sexual Activity & Performance." AEA RCT Registry. October 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3309-2.2.
Former Citation
Gibbons, M. Amelia and Martin Rossi. 2019. "Sexual Activity & Performance." AEA RCT Registry. October 25. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3309/history/55841.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We examine the causal impact of sexual activity on subsequent individual performance
Intervention Start Date
2020-02-01
Intervention End Date
2020-03-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Performance. Measured as performance in an arithmetic task
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
The primary outcome will be obtained from an arithmetic task answered by experimental subjects
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Happiness
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary outcomes come from from a voluntary survey answered by the experimental subjects
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Randomized Controlled Trial: Treatment participants will be randomly selected from a list of eligible subjects. We will compare the treatment group outcomes to the control group outcomes, looking specifically at subjects’ individual performance.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
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 860 couples, depending on take-up. This includes 860 experimental subjects and 860 partners of the experimental subjects.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 860, depending on take-up. In anticipation of some attrition, we will have a sample of 1,000 couples. That is, we expect a response rate of 86%.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment group: approximately 430 individuals (half of take-up)
Control group: approximately 430 individuals (half of take-up)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
For details, see attached proposal
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
Analysis Plan

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