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Do economists act like democrats or technocratic paternalists?
Last registered on September 17, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Do economists act like democrats or technocratic paternalists?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003320
Initial registration date
September 13, 2018
Last updated
September 17, 2018 2:24 AM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Chr. Michelsen Institute
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2017-05-30
End date
2017-11-23
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Field experiment on tax preferences conducted among students of economics in Tanzania.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Kolstad, Ivar. 2018. "Do economists act like democrats or technocratic paternalists?." AEA RCT Registry. September 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3320-1.0.
Former Citation
Kolstad, Ivar. 2018. "Do economists act like democrats or technocratic paternalists?." AEA RCT Registry. September 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3320/history/34313.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2017-05-30
Intervention End Date
2017-11-23
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Tax preferences measured using discrete choice experiments.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
A treatment group was primed with information that ordinary citizens disagree with implications of efficiency-based optimal tax theory.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Login codes to online survey were randomized among students.
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
230
Sample size: planned number of observations
230
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
119 control, 111 treatment
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
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