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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
Location(s)

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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
Haushofer, Johannes 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
Haushofer, Johannes 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
Not available
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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