Does gender engender danger for scientific research?
Last registered on January 04, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Does gender engender danger for scientific research?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003770
Initial registration date
January 04, 2019
Last updated
January 04, 2019 10:46 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
MTA KRTK
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
MTA KRTK
PI Affiliation
MTA KRTK
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-01-07
End date
2019-04-30
Secondary IDs
NKFI-HK-124396
Abstract
In August 2018. the Hungarian government has terminated the only gender university program in the country and actively generated a sentiment against gender studies. Google Trend (https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=HU&q=%2Fm%2F09hcb) shows nicely that when the government announced the closure of the gender program, there was a surge in the interest in gender in Hungary. We want to see if this backlash against gender-topics translates into a negative reaction against conducting academic research that mentions that gender is a topic of the research.
We plan to carry out a field experiment in a sample of Hungarian secondary schools on how economic preferences (time, risk, social and competitive preferences) affect school performance. A substantial gender difference in some of these preferences (most notably risk and competitive preferences) have been found in the literature, so gender is a natural part of our investigation. We would use this feature when sending out letters to secondary education providers asking them about their willingness to facilitate research in their schools. We will randomly send out three sorts of letters: one treatment and two control groups. One-third of the letters would mention that - among others - we are interested in gender differences (using explicitly the word gender that seems to arouse those negative sentiments). In one of the controls we would substitute gender with social-status, while in the other third we would not include this half-sentence.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Horn, Daniel, Hubert Kiss and Tünde Lénárd. 2019. "Does gender engender danger for scientific research?." AEA RCT Registry. January 04. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3770/history/39967
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Information treatment. We will send out three types of letters to secondary education providers asking them about their willingness to participate in a future lab-in-the field experiment (which we will conduct later). The three types of letters (one treatment and two controls) will only be different in one half-sentence, the treatment mentioning gender, one of the controls mentioning social-status (instead of gender) and the second control not mentioning these at all.
Intervention Start Date
2019-01-07
Intervention End Date
2019-04-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Response rate to the e-mails
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We are mainly interested in whether the response rate varies among the three groups.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Willingness to cooperate in the future research
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Considering those who responded to the letters, what is the rate of willingness to cooperate.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Experimental design consists in sending out letters according to the intervention we described earlier, collecting data on the response rate and the willingness to cooperate in the future research.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Fully random assignment of education providers to the three groups, randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Education provider
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
341 education providers
Sample size: planned number of observations
341 education providers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
114 education providers: gender treatment, 114 education providers: first control (social status),113 second control
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