Spousal Communication and Information Sharing: Evidence from Migrant Workers and their Spouses
Last registered on April 17, 2019

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Spousal Communication and Information Sharing: Evidence from Migrant Workers and their Spouses
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003334
Initial registration date
February 25, 2019
Last updated
April 17, 2019 4:01 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Michigan
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-09-01
End date
2020-01-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In household decision making, strategic use of private information by spouses is often a source of inefficient outcomes. For transnational households – where one spouse temporarily migrates for work – this information asymmetry is further exacerbated and can reduce the development impact of such migration. Direct communication between spouses is often the only source of sharing information within the transnational household. Analyzing spousal communication, specifically the decision to hide or reveal information, is essential to understanding information asymmetry in this setting, however it has been constrained by the difficulty of observing spousal communication outside of lab or lab-in-field settings.

I conduct a novel randomized controlled trial to study spousal communication and information sharing among temporary Filipino migrant workers in the UAE and their spouses in the Philippines. Migrants and their spouses take part in a financial reporting activity to improve awareness about the experience of Filipino migrant workers in the UAE and their spouse’s who stay behind in the Philippines. Both migrants and spouses are surveyed about their financial, employment and living conditions. I experimentally vary whether the information reported by a respondent will be observable to their spouse. Any differential reporting about the migrant or household experience between the treatment and control groups is therefore caused by spousal observability of the reported information and represents strategic misreporting.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Ur Rehman, Obeid. 2019. "Spousal Communication and Information Sharing: Evidence from Migrant Workers and their Spouses." AEA RCT Registry. April 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3334/history/45067
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
A sample of married Filipino temporary migrant workers in the UAE and their spouses in the Philippines, will invited to take part in a financial reporting activity. I will experimentally vary whether the information reported by an individual will be observable to their spouse. In the treatment group the individual responses of the migrant and their spouse will be shared with each other, while in the control group the individual responses will not be shared.
Intervention Start Date
2019-02-01
Intervention End Date
2019-09-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Self-reported income, expenditure, savings and debt. Level of satisfaction with finances, employment and living conditions.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Satisfaction levels will be measured on a standard 5 points ranging from “very satisfied” to “very dissatisfied”
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Reported living conditions and working conditions
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Filipino migrant workers and their spouses in the Philippines will be invited to take part in a financial reporting activity – the intervention. The activity will be marketed as a tool to help participants improve their financial management by presenting them a snapshot of their current finances. The activity will be conducted separately by each spouse, with the migrant reporting their side of the finances in the UAE and the spouse reporting theirs in the Philippines.
The sample will be randomized into a treatment and control group. In the control group each participant will be informed that their reported information will be kept private and will not be shared with their spouse. In the treatment group each participant will informed that this is a joint activity so their reported information will be shared with and visible to their spouse. Therefore I will experimentally vary whether reported information is observable to the spouse. Any differences in reporting between the two groups and their subsequent financial decisions will be caused by spousal observability of the reported information.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Randomization will be done at the couple level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
400 couples i.e 400 Filipino migrant workers in the UAE and their spouses in the Philippines (800 respondents in total)
Sample size: planned number of observations
400 couples i.e 400 Filipino migrant workers in the UAE and their spouses in the Philippines (800 respondents in total)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
200 treatment couples and 200 control couples
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action IRB - USA
IRB Approval Date
2019-01-11
IRB Approval Number
14882
IRB Name
University of Michigan Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2018-09-20
IRB Approval Number
HUM00141800
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
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Uploaded At: April 17, 2019