What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
Last registered on December 21, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003672
Initial registration date
December 19, 2018
Last updated
December 21, 2018 10:58 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2012-06-01
End date
2012-08-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Teacher quality is a pressing public policy concern, yet little is known about the hiring process. This paper reports the results of an experiment in which public, private, and charter schools throughout the United States were sent resumes with randomly-selected characteristics from fictitious applicants for teaching positions. The pattern of callbacks suggests that an applicant's academic background has little impact on the likelihood of success at private and charter schools, although public schools respond more favorably to candidates from more selective colleges. Private schools demonstrate a slight preference for female candidates. All three sectors demonstrate a preference for in-state candidates.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Hinrichs, Peter. 2018. "What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment." AEA RCT Registry. December 21. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3672-1.0.
Former Citation
Hinrichs, Peter. 2018. "What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment." AEA RCT Registry. December 21. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3672/history/39509.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2012-06-01
Intervention End Date
2012-08-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) callbacks 2) interview requests
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Described in Section III of the paper, which is available online as Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Working Paper 14-36.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
schools
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
3,000
Sample size: planned number of observations
6,000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
There are several different sets of treatments. For high/medium/low GPA there are roughly 2,000 observations per treatment. For high/medium/low college selectivity there are roughly 2,000 observations per treatment. For male/female there are roughly 3,000 observations per treatment. For in-state/out-of-state there are roughly 4,500 in-state and 1,500 out-of-state.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Georgetown University
IRB Approval Date
Details not available
IRB Approval Number
The IRB deemed my study "not subject to review" on the grounds that schools are not human subjects.
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