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Psycho-social supports for job search in Ethiopia
Last registered on March 10, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Psycho-social supports for job search in Ethiopia
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003863
Initial registration date
March 09, 2019
Last updated
March 10, 2019 10:37 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2018-04-01
End date
2018-12-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study investigates the effects of providing idle youth in Ethiopia with psychological supports, more specifically self-affirmation and goal-setting, in terms of job search and employment outcomes. Out-of-work vulnerable youth between the age of 18 and 29 in Addis Ababa were invited to participate in the project and then randomly assigned to a control group or one of two treatment arms. For the first treatment,
they were invited to attend a behaviorally informed three-hour workshop focused on self-affirmation, while in the second treatment the workshop also included a goal-setting exercise. Fortnightly follow-up calls were made to all individuals for the subsequent three
months, collecting data on job search, employment and other outcomes. The present document outlines the outcomes and regression specifications to assess the short term effect of these workshops.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Mejia-Mantilla, Carolina and James Walsh. 2019. "Psycho-social supports for job search in Ethiopia." AEA RCT Registry. March 10. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3863-1.0.
Former Citation
Mejia-Mantilla, Carolina and James Walsh. 2019. "Psycho-social supports for job search in Ethiopia." AEA RCT Registry. March 10. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3863/history/42974.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Provide idle youth in Ethiopia with psychological supports, more specifically self-affirmation and goal-setting, in terms of job search and employment outcomes. Out-of-work vulnerable youth between the age of 18 and 30 in Addis Ababa were invited to participate in the project and then randomly assigned to a control group or one of two treatment arms. For the first treatment, they were invited to attend a behaviorally informed three-hour workshop focused on self-affirmation, while in the second treatment the workshop also included a goal-setting exercise.
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-10
Intervention End Date
2018-07-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
We will study the effects of the treatments on two primary families of outcomes: (i) job search and (ii) economic activity.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
1. Job search: summary index of extensive and intensive margin measures of job search.
More specifically:
(a) Actively searched for a job last week
(b) Number of days searched for a job last 7 days.
(c) Number of hours searched for a job last time (day).
2. Employment: summary index of extensive and intensive margin measures of job search.
More specifically:
(a) Engaged in productive activity last week (includes wage and self employment)
(b) Number of days engaged in productive activity last 7 days.
(c) Number of hours engaged in productive activity last time (day).
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
For the secondary analysis we will look at the earnings (both from wage employment and self-employment) of individuals in the past seven days.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will look at day profit (Earnings in the last 7 days). This takes the value of zero for those not working. Winzorized at 99 percent.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Participants were recruited from seven woredas of two of the poorest sub-cities of Addis
Ababa. In the sub-city of Kolfe-Keranio, participants were recruited from in woredas 2, 3, 8,
11 and 13, while in the Lideta sub-city participants were recruited from woredas 3 and 4. According
to World Bank estimates, the poverty rate under the national poverty line was above
25 percent of the population for 2015/16 in all listed woredas. Participants were recruited using
a random walk method starting in randomly selected points within each selected woreda.

Around 2,500 individuals were screened using three conditions: i) between 18-30 years of
age, ii) not enrolled or attending school (of any kind) and iii) not engaged in an economic
productive activity in the last week. At the end, 1,979 individuals were eligible invited to
participate in the program and of those, 1,766 individuals provided consent and were then
recruited into the program and were administered the baseline questionnaire.
Recruited participants were stratified by gender and randomly allocated into one of three
arms: (i) a pure control (C); (ii) a self-affirmation workshop (SA); or (iii) a self-affirmation +
goal setting (GS). A separate randomization took place for each Woreda, implying that we are
implicitly blocking by Woreda.

The procedure followed was: (a) enumerators conducted a listing exercise to assess eligibility
and consent; (b) participants were randomized into three groups once the listing was
completed for each woreda; (c) the baseline survey was administered to all consenting participants;
(d) individuals were informed of the lottery results immediately after the survey and
(e) participants assigned to the treatment groups were given time slots to choose from for the
corresponding workshops.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization was done in the office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The randomization was done at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1766 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
1766 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
600 individuals in the control group, and approximately 550 in each of the two treatment arms.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Our calculations predict that we would be able to detect if a mean difference of 0.05 in the probability of having searched for work in the last seven days between treatment and control groups (i.e. treatment effect coefficient of the behavioral workshop). This is aiming for a statistical power of 0.8 and significance level of .1 and using as parameter for the control group a mean probability of 0.30 and a standard deviation 0.49.
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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Oxford (CUREC)
IRB Approval Date
2018-01-16
IRB Approval Number
SSD/CUREC1A/BSG_C1A-18-001Amendment 3
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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
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