The Economics Consequences of Depression: Evidence from Goa

Last registered on January 28, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Economics Consequences of Depression: Evidence from Goa
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003823
Initial registration date
January 26, 2019
Last updated
January 28, 2019, 2:36 AM EST

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
MIT

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
IIES Stockholm
PI Affiliation
Princeton University
PI Affiliation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PI Affiliation
Harvard University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2018-12-28
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The goal of this study is to estimate the effects of treating Major Depressive Disorder ("Depression") on economic behavior. The study follows up on two recently-completed randomized control trials of low-cost psychotherapy to treat depression in Goa, India, conducted by the NGO Sangath and led by Professor Vikram Patel. We will study the impact of the treatments (and the resulting reduced levels of depression) on beliefs, preferences and decision-making, and other economic outcomes.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
, et al. 2019. "The Economics Consequences of Depression: Evidence from Goa." AEA RCT Registry. January 28. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3823-1.0
Former Citation
, et al. 2019. "The Economics Consequences of Depression: Evidence from Goa." AEA RCT Registry. January 28. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3823/history/40718
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
This study follows up on two randomized controlled trials of low-cost psychotherapy run by the NGO Sangath in Goa, India: PREMIUM and SHARE.
Intervention Start Date
2018-12-28
Intervention End Date
2020-01-28

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Primary outcomes are the level of overconfidence, biases in beliefs updating, the decision on the main hiring opportunity, and risk, time, social preferences and susceptibility to defaults effects. This is described in more details in the document.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
See the PDF.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Consumption, education and human capital investments, intimate partner violence, women's empowerment, mood, loneliness, sleep quality and locus of control, labor supply and earnings, the reservation wage measured in our experiment, and the performance at bracelets making.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
See the accompanying PDF.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
775 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
775 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
247 (PREMIUM EUC+HAP), 248 (PREMIUM EUC), 140 (SHARE EUC+THPP), 140 (SHARE EUC)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Princeton eRIA
IRB Approval Date
2018-06-22
IRB Approval Number
10390
Analysis Plan

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
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