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Cash transfer narratives and charitable giving
Last registered on March 12, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Cash transfer narratives and charitable giving
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003679
Initial registration date
December 16, 2018
Last updated
March 12, 2019 12:33 PM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of California, Berkeley
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2018-12-15
End date
2018-12-16
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to explore how recipient framings and narratives surrounding foreign aid effect charitable donation. We examine this through the online platform Amazon Mechanical Turk. We randomly assign participants to receive one of three different framings of a cash transfer intervention taking place in Kenya. We then measure revealed social preferences by having participants allocate a lottery payout to themselves or the aid organization.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Otis, Nicholas. 2019. "Cash transfer narratives and charitable giving." AEA RCT Registry. March 12. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3679-3.0.
Former Citation
Otis, Nicholas. 2019. "Cash transfer narratives and charitable giving." AEA RCT Registry. March 12. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3679/history/43236.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Each respondent is asked to read about a nonprofit organization operating in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. We randomly assign the description of the nonprofit organization:

i) Poverty Alleviation Organization message: “The goal of the Poverty Alleviation Organization is to alleviate poverty and reduce financial hardship among the poor. This organization believes that people living in poverty should be given income support to help them meet their basic needs. This organization aims to help promote a decent standard of living among the poor and help them deal with emergencies. Thus, the Poverty Alleviation Organization gives financial assistance to people to help them make ends meet. For example, with the financial assistance, people might be able to struggle less to afford basic needs, like paying off debts, paying rent, and buying clothes and food. Towards that mission, this nonprofit gives one-time transfers of financial assistance to people in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. They give each recipient $4 USD (about two days wages) in cash. These program recipients are people who live on less than $2 per day, and half of recipients have no savings.”

ii) Individual Empowerment Organization message: “The goal of the Individual Empowerment Organization is to promote individuals’ potential to create a better future for themselves. The organization believes that individuals are wise and know best how to help themselves become self-reliant if they have the financial resources to do so. This organization aims to empower individuals to pursue their personal interests and create their own path to independence. Thus, the Individual Empowerment Organization gives financial resources to individuals to enable them to invest in their personal goals. For example, people might use their unique talents to start a self-run business, invest in job training courses, or
create art. Towards that mission, this nonprofit gives one-time transfers of financial resources to people in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. They give each recipient $4 USD (about two days wages) in cash. These program recipients are people who live on less than $2 per day, and half of recipients have no savings.”

iii) Community Empowerment Organization message: “The goal of the Community Empowerment Organization is to enable people to help promote better futures for those they care about and want to support most. The organization believes that people know best how to support each other and grow together if they have financial resources to do so. This organization aims to empower people to improve their own lives and those of the people and communities they care about most. Thus, the Community Empowerment Organization gives financial resources to community members to enable them to contribute positively to the lives of people important to them. For example, when people can invest in themselves, they are better able to expand employment opportunities for others, provide valuable services to their community, or teach others, including children, useful skills and knowledge. Towards that mission, this nonprofit gives one-time transfers of financial resources to people in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. They give each recipient $4 USD (about two days wages) in cash. These program recipients are people who live on less than $2 per day, and half of recipients have no savings.”
Intervention Start Date
2018-12-15
Intervention End Date
2018-12-16
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Donation (Amount out of a $100 lottery payout)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly assign people to receive one of the three messages described above in the "Intervention" section.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,478 respondents
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
N/A
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
To achieve power of 80% for an estimated effect size of 0.20 SD on our primary analyses, the required sample size is 1,182 participants, with 394 in each of the treatment arms. Estimating that our comprehension checks will exclude 20% of participants, we will recruit 1, 478 = 1, 182/0.8 participants.
Supporting Documents and Materials
Documents
Document Name
Survey instrument
Document Type
survey_instrument
Document Description
File
Survey instrument

MD5: 781badd9cd656106bbee697df31506c7

SHA1: 0f2304cbd23d351e0201979e2dcad76bc036c8e3

Uploaded At: March 12, 2019

IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Stanford Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2018-05-15
IRB Approval Number
Protocol number 41430
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
U1_PAP_Lodged.pdf

MD5: 573ddc1be3aa0520a5c78c93b31d56d6

SHA1: a9a5fe18fed708a829048764195b3371c6d209d1

Uploaded At: February 23, 2019

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