Paternalism and Incentives
Last registered on February 05, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Paternalism and Incentives
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003801
Initial registration date
January 15, 2020
Last updated
February 05, 2020 4:56 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-01-20
End date
2022-07-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study analyzes the effects of incentives on paternalistic interventions on "repugnant transactions."
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Stüber, Robert. 2020. "Paternalism and Incentives." AEA RCT Registry. February 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3801-1.1.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-01-20
Intervention End Date
2020-02-29
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
- Participants' willingness-to-pay (WTP) for the offer being made or not made.
- Discrete decision whether to approve the offer or not. Participants choose between “Approve,” “Do not approve,” and “Undecided: Let chance decide.”
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
- Participants' belief about the fraction of people accepting the offer for various monetary amounts.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The participants in the experiment decide whether to approve a "repugnant transaction."
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization is done by a computer. The variable "id_in_group" randomizes participants into treatments.
Randomization Unit
The randomization unit is the individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
About 1000 clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 1000 participants.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Outcome 1: About 375 participants in the treatment group and 375 participants in the control group.
Outcome 2: About 125 participants in the treatment group and 125 participants in the control group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
WZB Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2019-01-22
IRB Approval Number
2019/1/59
Analysis Plan

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